India daily Covid tally drops below 1,000-mark

India on Monday logged less than 1,000 new Covid cases for the first time since April 2020. The country reported 913 fresh cases in the last 24-hours, the Health Ministry data showed, in the lowest daily Covid tally in 715 days. The drop in daily infections in India comes at a time when the WHO has raised an alarm over a new XE strain, a recombinant variant of BA.1 and BA.2 sublineages of Omicron variant.
Several States in the country have done away with the Covid rules after a gap of more than two years.
With the fresh rise, India's overall cases now stand at 4,30,29,044, according to the Government data. The country recorded 13 deaths in the past 24 hours, taking the total confirmed deaths so far due to the coronavirus infection to 5,21,358.
The active cases in India also fell below 13,000 after 714 days, with the cases standing at 12,597. The active cases comprise 0.03 percent of the total infections, the Health Ministry said. A total of 1,316 people recovered in the past 24-hours, with the national Covid-19 recovery rate standing at 98.76 percent. While the daily positivity rate stands at 0.29 percent in the country, the weekly positivity rate stands at 0.22 percent.
For the detection of coronavirus, a total of 79,10,79,706 samples have been tested so far, including 3,14,823 in the last 24 hours.
According to the Health Ministry data, a total of 1,84,70,83,279 vaccine doses have been given in the country so far. The ministry reported that more than 185.21 crore vaccine doses have been provided to States and Union territories, and over 15.55 crore vaccine doses are still available with them.
The coronavirus cases in India have been witnessing a sharp decline after a massive peak in January fuelled by the Omicron variant. Amid a drop in the cases, Delhi and Maharashtra, which were worst-hit at a point in time, have lifted their Covid-19 curbs and masks are no longer mandatory.
Meanwhile, the world is still witnessing a surge in the Covid cases in some parts.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) latest report, a new strain of Covid known as XE may be more transmissible than any strain of Covid-19 reported so far. The XE is a recombinant variant of BA.1 and BA.2 sub lineages of Omicron and is first detected in Britain, said WHO. Germany, France, Italy and China are battling a fresh surge in Covid cases. Courtesy Hindustan Times