Active cases of Covid-19 in India fell today after rising for five consecutive days, amid fears of resurgence and new restrictions.
Authorities reported 10,584 new cases in 24 hours according to the health ministry’s update as of 8 a.m on Feb. 23. That’s lower than the 13,255 recoveries in the same period, taking active cases below the 1.5 lakh once again. These infections now account for 1.36% of the total Covid-19 cases confirmed by the authorities since the pandemic reached India in January 2020.
On Tuesday, the ministry reported 78 deaths with the total tally at over 1.56 lakh. This accounts for 1.42% of the more than 1.1 crore coronavirus cases detected in India.
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 11016434
Active cases: 147306
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 10,584
One-day recoveries: 13,255
One-day deaths: 78
Some states including Maharashtra and Kerala have been advised by the Centre to increase the proportion of RT-PCR tests and regularly monitor mutant strains besides refocusing on strict surveillance and stringent containment in selected districts.
Maharashtra Chief Minister has warned of fresh lockdowns if people do not stick to wearing masks.
Globally, cases crossed 111.6 million leaving over 2.4 million dead.
A half-million Americans are dead as a result of the novel coronavirus that first hit U.S. shores just a little more than a year ago. President Joe Biden marked the “truly grim, heartbreaking milestone” during a ceremony at the White House.
U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared the end of the pandemic is “in sight” for England, as he set out his aim to ease lockdown rules in a series of stages over the next four months.
Maharashtra’s Lockdown Threat
The chief minister of Maharashtra warned that new regional localised lockdowns could be imposed after the number of daily Covid cases rose to almost 7,000 on Sunday, accounting for about half the entire country’s reported infections.
Uddhav Thackeray said that he will monitor the situation in the state over the next two weeks and would impose movement restrictions if mask wearing rules weren’t being followed. So far India has avoided a large-scale second wave since a September peak of nearly 100,000 cases a day.