A woman gets a shot of a Covid-19 vaccine. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)
Coronavirus India Highlights: Kerala on Sunday reported 18,582 new Covid-19 cases pushing the total infection count to 36.69 lakh, as the number of people succumbing to the disease rose to 18,601 with 102 additional deaths. As many as 20,829 people have been cured of the infection since Saturday, taking the total recoveries to 34,92,367 and the number of active cases in the state to 1,78,630, a state government release said.
In the last 24 hours, 1,22,970 samples were tested and the TPR was found to be 15.11 per cent. So far, 2,94,57,951 samples have been tested, it said. Some of the worst affected districts in the state are Malappuram 2681, Thrissur 2423, Kozhikode 2368, Ernakulam 2161, Palakkad 1771, Kannur 1257, Kollam 1093, Alappuzha 941, Kottayam 929 and Thiruvananthapuram 927.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India takes pride in having the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination programme and more than 54 crore people have already taken the vaccine doses. In his Independence Day address from the ramparts of the Red Fort, the prime minister spoke of the country’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and praised the scientists, doctors, paramedical staff among others. He lauded those involved in vaccine manufacturing in the country, saying India did not have to depend on others for vaccines due to their efforts.
Meanwhile, India reported 36,083 new Covid-19 cases and 493 deaths in the last 24 hours ending on Sunday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. More than 3.21 crore people have tested positive for coronavirus so far. The total death toll has surpassed 4.31 lakh. Active cases have declined to 3.85 lakh while as many as 3.13 crore people have recovered from the disease.
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Covid-19 testing at a beach in Mumbai, Maharashtra. (PTI Photo)
Over 50 per cent paediatric oxygen beds, approved under the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package, being rolled out to prepare in advance for a probable third wave will be set up in six states that predominantly have rural and peri-urban population, as per the final plan approved on Friday. The rural parts of the country were among the worst hit during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.
Meanwhile, three men and two women have succumbed to Delta Plus variant of SARS-CoV2 virus, a state health department report said on Friday. All five, including a 63-year-old woman from Mumbai who died in July, were senior citizens and suffered from comorbidities.
While two deaths were reported from Ratnagiri, Mumbai, Beed and Raigad reported one death each due to the Delta Plus variant. Two persons, including the Mumbai-based woman, had been fully vaccinated with Covishield. Two others had not been administered any vaccine.