(TibetanReview.net, Jan24’21) – A total of 22 states and Union Territories of India had Covid-19 positivity rate below 1% over the last two 14-day periods (Dec 27-Jan 9 & Jan 9-22), suggesting that the pandemic seemed to be under control in these areas. In capital Delhi it was reported to be 0.26%. The exceptions were Kerala, Maharashtra and Nagaland, where the positivity rate was still in the red at 9.5%, 5% and 4.7% respectively, reported the timesofinmdia.com Jan 24. The positivity rate indicates the extent of the spread of the pandemic. The WHO has said it needs to be below 5% to bring the pandemic effectively under control.
Meanwhile the country has reported a total of 150 cases of people infected with the variant detected in the UK which is known to be more contagious and also possibly more deadly. All of them have been kept in single room isolation in designated health care facilities by the respective state governments, the ndtv.com Jan 23 cited India’s health ministry as saying.
The total number of people vaccinated against the infection now stands at 15,82,201, the health ministry has said Jan 24. The nationwide inoculation began on Jan 16, with the number of healthcare and other frontline workers coming forward to receive the injection increasing significantly in recent days.
Meanwhile the latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 14,849 new Covid-19 cases and 155 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Jan 24 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 10,654,533 cases and 153,339 deaths. Both the daily numbers were marginally higher than those reported the day before.
A total of 10,316,786, or 96.83%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 184,408, or 1.73% of the total. The case fatality rate remained at 1.44%.
The active caseload remained below two lakh for the fifth consecutive day, noted the timesofindia.com Jan 24.
The latest daily number of new cases, at 14,849, was less than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 15,948, leading to a decrease in the number of active cases by 1,254.
Kerala, the country’s fourth worst-hit state and having the highest number of active cases continued to report the highest daily new infections at 6,960, followed successively by the country’s worst-hit state with the second highest number of active cases Maharashtra (2,697), second-worst hit state Karnataka (902), fifth worst-hit state Tamil Nadu (586), Gujarat (423), West Bengal (410), seventh-worst hit state Uttar Pradesh (319), Chattisgarh (377), eighth worst-hit state Madhya Pradesh (291), … Himachal Pradesh (27), and so on.
The 155 daily new deaths included 56 from Maharashtra; 23 from Kerala; 4 from Uttar Pradesh; 10 each from West Bengal Delhi and Punjab; and 8 from Chattisgarh; and 6 from Madhya Pradesh. The rest of the states have reported from 4 to no death.
India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the third highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.
The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has remained unchanged at 1,492. Of them 1,430 had recovered, 25 were active and 37 had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on its Tibet.net website as of Jan 24.
Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 98,805,582 and the deaths 2,122,439, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 2:52 PM on Jan 24, 2021.