Coronavirus Third Wave India Highlights, Coronavirus Statistics India August 10 Highlights: With improvement India’s Covid-19 situation and pick up in the vaccination drive, several states/UTs have allowed schools and colleges to reopen for offline classes. Daily cases have been hovering around 40,000 for the past few weeks in India. However, some states in northeast and Kerala have been witnessing a surge in Coronavirus infection, though last week’s data suggest plateauing in the number of cases in these states, too.
India reported 28,204 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, the lowest in 147 days (since March 16), taking the overall Covid-19 tally to 3,19,98,158, according to data from the Union Health Ministry on Tuesday. The number of per day deaths linked to Covid-19 complications has also dropped below 400. With 373 fatalities in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid-19 death toll increased to 4,28,682, the health ministry said. The number of active Covid-19 cases in the country also dropped to 3,88,508, the lowest in 139 days. The national Covid-19 recovery rate has also improved to 97.45%, which is the highest ever recovery rate achieved, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
As the Covid scenario remains under control, several states/UTs have announced the reopening of schools for offline classes. Schools in Delhi reopened for classes X to XII from Monday. The Maharashtra government has also announced the reopening of physical classes in schools in both rural and urban areas from August 17; Uttar Pradesh to reopen schools for intermediate students from August 16. The Odisha government had already reopened schools for students of classes 10-12 on July 26 after a gap of more than three months. Northeastern state Meghalaya is also looking to reopen educational institutions after mid-August. Karnataka has recently announced to resume offline classes for students of Class 9-10, and for pre-university college students from August 23.
Meanwhile, India’s vaccine production got a major boost on Tuesday as the government approved Bharat Biotech’s Ankleshwar-based manufacturing plant to produce COVID-19 vaccine Covaxin. “Govt of India approves vaccine manufacturing facility for production of @BharatBiotech’s #Covaxin in Ankleshwar, Gujarat,” Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya tweeted. The approval would help increase the availability of Covid-19 vaccines in the country, he added.
Globally, the Delta variant is still causing more trouble for many countries. China yesterday reported more Covid-19 infections in its latest outbreak of the disease. Many Chinese cities added rounds of mass testing in the bid to limit locally transmitted infections. The highly infectious Delta variant has been detected in more than a dozen cities in China since July 20. Officials have ordered local governments to keep close track of infections and close loopholes in control efforts. The UK has reported 25,161 new coronavirus infections on Monday. According to health department data, between August 3 and August 9, the number of cases has surged 5.2% compared with the previous seven days. In the US, too, Covi-19 cases and hospitalisations are at a six-month high due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant and low vaccination rates. Daily cases averaged above 100,000 for the past three days, up 35% over the past week, according to public health data.
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