Coronavirus Variants and Vaccinations, Coronavirus Active Cases in India Today News, October 12 Highlights: India celebrates Durga Puja with caution amid Covid-19 in the country. The fear of the third wave is still there with a spike in new cases in some parts of the country. The R-value of Kolkata, Bengaluru, and Mumbai is hovering near 1, which further triggers the fear of another round of surge in Coronavirus infections. The Union Health Ministry, several states, and UTs have already issued Covid-19 guidelines for the celebration of festivals. Governments and experts have been advising people to follow Covid-19 protocols such as wearing marks, maintaining distance, and avoid crowding in order to limit spike in Covid-19 cases.
There is fear among people that the looming third wave might affect children more than adults. A serosurvey conducted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) revealed that almost 60% of children were infected with Covid-19. However, the death rate is 2 in a million in children, which is very low. But the worry is: What will happen if the third wave hits India. “There’s no such study to justify that vaccine will be very beneficial for children, said Dr. Sanjay Rai, Prof, Centre for Community Medicine, AIIMS Delhi. Which means children will be at risk.
However, in a positive sign, the latest serosurvey conducted by the Kerala Health Department to estimate the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2 infection showed the presence of antibodies in 82.6% of samples taken from residents aged 18 years and above. Kerala, a concern till now, has started witnessing a sharp fall in new Coronavirus infections for the past few days.
Meanwhile, India has been reporting below 20,000 new Covid-19 cases for the past few days. On Tuesday, India added 14,313 fresh Covid-19 infections, the lowest in 224 days, taking its overall Covid-19 tally to 3,39,85,920, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The daily deaths linked to Coronavirus complications remained below 200. With 181 new fatalities, the Covid-19 death toll in the country increased to 4,50,963. The number of active cases in the country declined to 2,14,900, the lowest in 212 days, and now accounts for 0.63% of the total caseload.
The country so far has administered 95.89 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses.
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