India Covid Deaths Soar Toll Past 250,000

AMRITSAR Farmers urge a shopkeeper to open her shop as they take part in a protest against the weekend lockdown imposed by the state government as a preventive measure against the spread of Covid-19 on Saturday.—AFP

India's seven-day COVID-19 average hits a record high as WHO issues warning on virus variant

The active cases have reduced to 37,04,099 comprising 15.87 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 83.04 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

India's Covid-19 infection curve may be showing early signs of flattening, but the decline in the number of new infections is likely to be slow, said Shahid Jameel, a top Indian virologist.

India has confirmed 4205 more deaths, setting another daily record and taking its official COVID-19 toll past 250,000 as it battles a ferocious surge in infections.

Maharashtra's Covid-19 contribution has dropped 13 per cent of the total new cases.

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This is not the first time something like this has happened; in March 2020, several Hindu activists in India hosted a cow urine-drinking party, as well as some members of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist party alleging that cow urine and dung can prevent and cure COVID-19, DW reported.

Production of the Apple iPhone 12 at a Foxconn factory in the southern state of Tamil Nadu has slumped by more than 50 per cent because workers infected with COVID-19 have had to leave their posts, two sources told Reuters.

On Tuesday, authorities warned that almost 90 per cent of districts in the country are seeing a high positivity rate, sparking fears the virus is spreading fast into rural areas.

Karnataka saw the maximum casualties (596) followed by Maharashtra (549), it said.

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The World Health Organization said the coronavirus variant first identified in the country a year ago was being classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily.

A total of 17,27,10,066 vaccine doses have been administered through 25,15,519 sessions, according to the provisional report till 7 am.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,56,082 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, while 1,90,27,304 people have been cured from Covid till date.

India is conducting 18-20 lakh tests for detection of COVID-19 per day, ICMR Director General Dr Balram Bhargava said, underlining that despite infection among laboratory staff, the test performance is still being maintained.

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The Union government is ensuring streamlined and fast delivery of the global aid to states and UTs through faster customs clearances, and use of air and road, the ministry said.

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