Coronavirus Third Wave India Highlights, Coronavirus Statistics India August 12 Highlights: Has the Covid-19 third wave already hit India? Health experts are still divided over it, with two different sets of data emerging from the country. While the number of fresh Coronavirus infections is slowly but steadily going down, the R-value (reproduction value) has increased to over 1 in several states/UT. Uttar Pradesh, Himachal are among the eight states with R-value above 1; What is more concerning is that these are new states/UTs which are witnessing rapid spread in virus infection. According to data from the Union Health Ministry, 37 districts have shown rising trends in Covid-19 cases in the past week. With states/UTs relaxing most of the Covid restrictions and allowing more activities, including the reopening of schools and colleges, and the upcoming festive season, India has a tough job ahead: To check Covid spread and prevent the third wave.
After six days, new Covid-19 cases in India crossed 40,000 for the first time. India reported 41,195 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,20,77,706. With the fresh cases, active cases in the country increased to 3,87,987, according to the data from Union Health Ministry data on Thursday. The death toll also climbed to 4,29,669 with 490 fresh fatalities. The active cases now account for 1.21% of the total infections, the health ministry said.
The Covid-19 situation in Kerala still remains a worry. The southern state has been reporting over 50% of India’s total new cases for the past few weeks. As the state struggle to contain the surge, the upcoming festive season poses further challenges.
On the vaccination front, the cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage in India increased to 52,32,53,450 with more than 40 lakh vaccine doses administered on Wednesday. In a positive development, a top WHO official said a decision likely next month on an emergency authorisation for Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin, a shot that has yet to be authorised by any Western regulatory authorities.
In the meanwhile, vaccine experts in the UK have warned that herd immunity is not a possibility with the Delta variant. The UK has been reporting a high caseload due to the rampage of the Delta variant. US and China, too, have been struggling with the Delta variant.
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