Coronavirus: India records 17,070 new cases, active cases cross 1 lakh

India added 17,070 new coronavirus cases taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 4,34,69,234, while the active cases increased to 1,07,189, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The ministry reported that the national COVID-19 recovery rate was 98.55 %, while the active cases make up 0.25 % of all infections.

According to data released by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday, covid-19 instances have resumed increasing once more in India, with the nation recording more than 18,000 cases after a hiatus of 130 days, bringing the cumulative tally to 4,34,52,164.

In comparison to the average two weeks earlier, cases have surged by 78%, while deaths have increased by 119%. After a 122-day break, the number of active cases in the nation also surpassed one lakh on Thursday. Over the course of 24 hours, 18,819 additional COVID cases were reported, bringing the death toll to 5,25,116 with 39 additional fatalities.

43 districts around the nation are recording a weekly positive rate of 10% or higher, according to data released by the Health Ministry. With 11 districts, Kerala tops this list, followed by Mizoram (6) and Maharashtra (5).

Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Manipur, Mizoram, Goa, Karnataka, and Puducherry are some of the other states that have seen a noteworthy increase.

While 42 Indian districts are reporting a positive rate of between 5 and 10%, the remaining 627 are still below the 5% threshold.

There were 39 fresh fatalities on Thursday, including 17 in Kerala, 7 in Maharashtra, 4 in Uttar Pradesh, 3 in Punjab, 2 in each of Haryana, Karnataka, and West Bengal, and 1 in each of Delhi and Sikkim.

In India, COVID-19 infection has affected at least 1 in every 31 residents since the pandemic’s start. India recorded an average of 15,315 cases per day over the past week, with new infections up 78% over the average two weeks ago and deaths up 119%.

COVID-19 increasing almost everywhere in the world: WHO

WHO cautioned that COVID-19 instances are, however, increasing almost everywhere in the world. According to the World Health Organization, the number of new coronavirus cases increased by 18% in the previous week, with more than 4.1 million cases reported globally. According to the statistics released late Wednesday, the Middle East experienced the largest weekly increase in new COVID-19 cases, which rose by 47%.

In its most recent weekly assessment of the pandemic, the UN health agency said that there were approximately 8,500 deaths worldwide, almost the same as the week before.

The Middle East, Southeast Asia, and the Americas saw a rise in the number of corona-related death.

During a press conference this week, Tedros stated, “This pandemic is changing, but it’s not finished.” He said that governments’ easing of monitoring and genetic sequencing efforts put the ability to follow COVID-19’s genetic evolution “under peril” and would make it harder to detect newly developing, potentially harmful variants.

He urged nations to immunize their most vulnerable citizens, such as health workers and seniors, claiming that hundreds of millions of people are still in danger of serious illness and death from lack of vaccination.