Health ministry issues precautionary measures

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The coronavirus has started to raise its ugly head in the country once again. There is currently concern about the fourth wave in India, where the number of Covid-19 cases has been increasing continuously for more than a week.

India reported 20,551 new Covid-19 infections and 70 fatalities in the last 24 hours. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Affairs, the daily positivity rate in the country reached 5.14 percent and the weekly positivity rate stood at 4.64 percent. The fatality rate was recorded at 1.19 percent, and the recovery rate stood at 98.50 percent.

India’s tally of Covid-19 cases has risen to 4,41,07,588 and the death toll has climbed to 5,26,600. The active Covid-19 cases in the country stood at 1,35,364.

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The capital registered 2,202 cases, which is the highest in six months. The health department data shows the positivity rate in the capital reached 11.84 percent. On Wednesday, Delhi reported 2,073 Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 11.64 percent. The active cases in Delhi are 6,175.

Maharashtra reported 1,862 cases and seven deaths. Assam logged 431 new cases and two fatalities and Odisha recorded 836 new cases. The five states with the most active cases are Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Punjab.

In response to the rising number of Covid cases and low booster dose uptake throughout India, the Union Health Ministry has offered free booster doses to all eligible individuals over the age of 18 at government-run vaccination centers.

The nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive was started in the country on 16 January 2021, since then 2,055,947,243 vaccine doses have been administered across India.

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