Here’s a brief representation of India’s
India added 265 Omicron cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 5,753
Among the major states, Gujarat’s tally of daily cases dropped by 10%, and West Bengal’s by 3%. Maharashtra logged 43,211 new cases, a dip of nearly 7% compared to yesterday’s figure. It also reported 19 deaths and 238 more Omicron cases, taking the tally to 1,605.
Meanwhile, Kerala reported an increase of 21%, Tamil Nadu 12% and Karnataka 15%.
West Bengal’s daily positivity rate was 31.14%, Tamil Nadu 15.6%, and Kerala 23.7%.
Among the major cities, Delhi and Mumbai registered a dip while Kolkata and Chennai reported a slight increase in daily cases. Bengaluru’s daily tally increased by 9.5%. Though Delhi reported a dip in cases its daily positivity rate shot up to 30.64%; it also logged 34 more deaths in 24 hours.
India reported 2,64,202 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending at 9 am on Friday, marking a 6.7% increase compared to yesterday. This is the highest single-day spike in 239 days. With 1,09,345 recoveries, active cases are now at 12,72,073, while the daily positivity rate has risen to 14.78%.
The country reported 315 deaths in 24 hours, pushing the toll to 4,85,350.
Other top developments of the day
India’s Covid-19 vaccination coverage crossed 155.92 crore (1,55,92,20,012), the health ministry said on Friday. Over 49 lakh (49,33,612) vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm, the bulletin read.
More than 37 lakh (37,50,755) precaution doses for the identified categories of beneficiaries for Covid vaccination have been administered so far, with 3.8 lakh administered on Friday alone.
Vaccination of 15-18 age group is also going at fast pace with over 8.58 lakh getting their first dose on Friday. A total of 3.23 crore beneficiaries in the age group have been administered the jab.
India overdoing testing, medication, say doctors
A group of 35 distinguished doctors from across the country and abroad issued an open letter on Friday said that the ongoing third Covid wave in India, like the two previous ones, is characterised by unwarranted testing, medication and hospitalisations.
They appealed to the central and state health authorities to stop these “unwarranted” practices and promote evidence-based medicine.
One of the signatories, Dr Sanjay Nagral from Jaslok Hospital, said: “There was a need to say that we are overdoing it—be it with respect to Covid treatment, testing or hospitalisation. This letter is an effort by some doctors to state we don’t agree with some of the practices.”
Asymptomatic contacts need not get tested: Centre
The government on Friday reiterated that asymptomatic contacts of Covid patients do not need to take a test. It also said that people recovering from Covid do not need to re-test after seven days of home isolation, unless they recorded fever during the last three days.
The health ministry on Friday also refuted reports that there was a Covid vaccine shortage in Maharashtra. The state has over 24 lakh unutilised doses of Covaxin and received an additional 6.35 lakh doses on Friday, the ministry clarified.