India reports 173 fresh cases, 2 deaths in a day

India reported 173 new coronavirus infections and two deaths in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said in an update on Monday. The country’s active caseload currently stands at 2,670 cases, with total reported cases since the pandemic hit in 2020 at 44.6 million and death toll at 530,707.
Active cases comprise 0.01% of total infections, while the recovery stands at 98.80%, according to the Ministry.
As of now, Karnataka has 326 active cases, Kerala has 1,444 active cases, Maharashtra has 161, Odisha 88 cases, Rajasthan 79 active cases, Tamil Nadu has 86 active cases, Uttar Pradesh 49, and West Bengal has 55 active cases.
The country has conducted 92,955 tests in the last 24 hours. Under the Covid vaccination drive, more than 220.1 crore vaccine doses have been administered to people across the country so far. In the last 24 hours, 6,675 doses were administered.
Meanwhile, INSACOG under the supervision of Department of Biotechnology (DBT) has kept up with genome sequencing to track any new variant.
Hospitals are also being constantly monitored to keep a tab on lnfluenza-like illness (lLl) & SARI cases.
Meanwhile, given the fresh surge in infections some countries, RT-PCR tests have been made mandatory for flyers coming from China, Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand from 1 January 2023. They will have to upload their reports on the Air Suvidha portal before travel. This is in addition to the 2% random testing of all international passengers on their arrival at an Indian airport.
Government officials have warned that the next 40 days would be crucial in determining the possibility of a resurgence of covid-19 cases in India.
In addition to this, to prepare for any covid-19 emergency, the Centre has directed State Governments to ensure that medical oxygen equipment are well set-up and function properly.                 The Mint