India recorded 51 new COVID-19 infections on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to 4.49 crore. The active caseload stood at 359, the lowest since March 2021. The death toll reached 5,32,037 with no new fatalities reported in the last 24 hours.
Recovery rate at 98.81 per cent, case fatality rate at 1.18 per cent
According to the Union Health Ministry data, the number of people who have recovered from the disease increased to 4,44,67,165, resulting in a national recovery rate of 98.81 per cent. The case fatality rate stood at 1.18 per cent, indicating that India has managed to contain the mortality due to COVID-19.
The ministry also said that 220.67 crore doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. The vaccination coverage has been expanding steadily, with more than 87 crore people receiving at least one dose and over 33 crore people fully vaccinated.
Kerala, Maharashtra account for most of the active cases
Out of the total active cases in the country, Kerala and Maharashtra accounted for more than 80 per cent. Kerala reported 14,233 new cases and 173 deaths on Saturday, taking its tally to 48,57,255 and toll to 26,591. The state has 1,65,322 active cases and a test positivity rate of 15.11 per cent.
Maharashtra reported 2,583 new cases and 40 deaths on Saturday, taking its tally to 65,53,213 and toll to 1,39,026. The state has 32,811 active cases and a test positivity rate of 1.64 per cent.
India prepares for possible third wave amid festive season
As India enters the festive season, experts have warned of a possible third wave of COVID-19 if people do not follow appropriate behaviour and protocols. The government has issued guidelines and advisories for states and union territories to ensure strict compliance with COVID-19 norms and avoid mass gatherings.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has also urged people to get vaccinated and wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. The ICMR has said that vaccination is the most effective tool to prevent severe disease and death due to COVID-19.
The health ministry has also said that it is closely monitoring the situation and taking all necessary steps to prevent any surge in cases. It has said that it is ready to provide all support and assistance to the states and union territories in terms of testing, tracing, treatment and vaccination.