India logs 895 COVID-19 deaths, 41,526  new cases of infection
A person getting a dose of COVID-19 vaccine in Gurugram, Haryana.IANS

India logs 895 COVID-19 deaths, 41,526 new cases of infection

New Delhi, July 11, 2021

India today logged 895 deaths due to COVID-19 and 41,506 fresh cases of infection in the last 24 hours as the spread of the coronavirus pandemic continued to decelerate in most parts of the country though a surge in Kerala and some other places remained a cause of concern.

The country had reported 1,206 deaths and 42,766 new cases of infection yesterday.

Kerala reported 14,087 new cases of infection and 109 deaths in the last 24 hours. The state had registered 13,563 new cases and 130 deaths yesterday.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla chaired a meeting here yesterday to review the steps taken by State Governments for checking the spread of COVID-19 in hill stations and other tourist locations.

During the meeting, the overall management of COVID-19 situation and the vaccination status in respect of the States of Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal was discussed.

Bhalla sounded a note of caution in view of media reports showing blatant disregard of COVID-appropriate behaviour in hill stations and other tourist locations. He emphasised that the second wave of COVID was not yet over; and States should ensure strict adherence to the protocols prescribed in respect of wearing of masks, social distancing and other safe behaviour.

It was observed that the decline of the second wave is at variable stages in the different States in the country and that, while the overall case positivity rate may be declining, the case positivity rate in certain districts of Rajasthan, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh is over 10%, which is a cause for concern.

States were also asked to follow the five-fold strategy of Test-Track-Treat-Vaccinate and COVID Appropriate Behaviour, as has been laid out in by the Home Ministry in an order dated June 29. Adequate health infrastructure preparedness (especially in rural, peri-urban and tribal areas) was also advised, with a view to tackle any potential future surge in cases.

The number of COVID-19 deaths in a single day in the country, which had stayed below 1,000 for eight days before crossing that level yesterday, fell below that mark against today. The country had reported more than 4,000 deaths a day on 13 days in May at the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.

The number of new cases has stayed below the 50,000-mark for 14 days now and below 100,000 for the 34th consecutive day today.

The highest number of new cases in a 24-hour period -- 414,188 -- was reported on May 7.

With the latest data released by the Ministry of Health of Family Welfare (MoHFW) this morning, the death toll so far has climbed to 408,040 today.

The total number of cases of infection till now, since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in India in late January 2020, rose to 30,837,222 today.

Of the 895 deaths posted in India in the last 24 hours, there were 494 in Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, 109 in Kerala, 58 in Odisha, 49 in Tamil Nadu, 48 in Karnataka, 26 in Andhra Pradesh, 24 in Assam and 17 in West Bengal.

The other states reported less than 10 deaths each in the last 24 hours. There was one COVID-19 death in national capital Delhi during this period.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 in the country rose to 29,975,064 today, up 41,526 from yesterday. The recovery rate is 97.20%.

This is the 59th consecutive day that the number of recoveries has exceeded the number of new cases.

The number of active cases fell by 915 to 454,118 today, the lowest since March 27 when the number was 452,647.

The number of active cases had touched 3,745,237 on May 10, the highest since the pandemic began in India. The active caseload had been continuously rising after February 12 this year, when it had touched its lowest mark of 135,926 in recent months. However, since May 11, there has been a steady downtrend.

The Health Ministry said a total of 37.60 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered so far in the country.

The Weekly Positivity Rate is currently at 2.32% while the Daily Positivity rate stood at 2.25% today. It has remained less than 3% for 20 consecutive days now.

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