New COVID-19 incidences drop below 20K in India

December 22, 2020 0 By FM

The numbers of new coronavirus infections went below 20K in India on Monday. The new infections stood at 19,148 adding to the total infections which now stand at 1,00,75,429. The active infections in the country have declined below 3 lakhs and now stands at 2,90,931. The death toll increased to 1,46,146 with 301 new fatalities. The total recoveries have reached 96,35,666 in the country, as of now. While the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent, the national recovery rate has risen to 95.65 per cent.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Monday announced that night curfew will be imposed in the state’s cities as a precautionary measure starting on the night of December 22. The statement came after the CM held a contingency meeting to discuss the new mutation of the coronavirus detected in the United Kingdom.

Night curfew will be reinstated from 11pm to 6 am in cities till January 5, the state government has decided. Separate hospitals will be earmarked for those who are detected with the new strain, it was announced after Monday’s meet.

“A 14-day institutional quarantine has been made mandatory for passengers arriving in Maharashtra from European and Middle Eastern countries. They will also have to undergo RT-PCR test on the fifth or seventh day after their quarantine period,” said the CM.

People travelling from Europe and the Middle East should inform authorities if they had flown within the country.“Passengers from other countries will be checked, their hands stamped and they will have to be in home quarantine. All airport staff checking passengers from European countries and the Middle East will be provided PPE kits,” Thackeray said.

Maharashtra reported 2,834 new incidences on Monday taking the COVID-19 tally to 18,99,352. The active cases stood at 59,469. As many as 6,053 patients were recovered during the day taking the total recoveries to 17,89,958. With 55 new deaths, the total fatalities marked 48,801 so far. As many as 38.8K tests were conducted in the state yesterday.

Kerala reported 3,423 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday when 34,847 samples were tested in 24 hours. The test positivity rate, which had been over 10% for the past three days, stayed at 9.82% on the day. The cumulative caseload of the state climbed to 7,09,292 cases. The active caseload of the state rose to 60,504 cases. With 4,494 persons reported to have recovered on Monday, the cumulative recoveries reported in the state till date rose to 6,45,779.

The death toll rose to 2,843, adding 27 new deaths yesterday. An official bulletin issued by the Health Department on Monday put the number of critically ill COVID-19 patients occupying ICUs in various hospitals in the state at 852, with 227 persons requiring ventilator support.

Of the 3,423 new cases reported on Monday, a history of travel outside the state was reported in 48 cases while the remaining 3,375 were locally acquired infections. The epidemiological link to infection remained untraced for 359 cases. The number of health-care workers who contracted COVID-19 was 34.

West Bengal reported 1,515 new infections taking the total cases to 5,38,343 after testing 29.4K samples. The active cases stood at 16,903. With 41 new deaths, the death toll has risen to 9,401.

According to the ICMR,16,31,70,557 samples have been tested up to December 21 with 10,72,228 samples being tested on Monday.