India reports 24,716 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday; spike in Kerala

India reports 24,716 COVID-19 cases on Wednesday; spike in Kerala

India’s COVID-19 caseload rose to 1,01,24,024 with 24,716 new infections reported in the past 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 96,92,643 and the active infection remained below 3 lakh at 2,81,844, according to the Union Health Ministry. The death count increased to 1,46,791 with 315 new fatalities. The national recovery rate stands at 95.69 per cent, while the COVID-19 case fatality rate stands at 1.45 per cent.

Kerala reported 6,169 new COVID-19 infections after conducting around 61.4K tests. The overall caseload stood at 7,21,511, of which the active cases remained at 62,803. As many as  4,808 people got recovered from the infection yesterday taking the total recoveries to 6,55,644. With 22 recent deaths from the infection, the total fatalities took to 2,893 in the state.

Maharashtra saw 3,913 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, as opposed to 7,620 recoveries. The number of active cases has dipped below 55,000 to reach 54,573 while the total case tally stands at 18,99,352. As many as 93 fatalities saw the death toll climbed to 48,969. The cumulative recoveries now stand at 18,01,700 while the state’s recovery rate has risen incrementally to 94.51%.

“Of a total 1,22,78,476 laboratory samples tested thus far, 19,06,371 have returned positive with nearly 66,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate said. The case fatality stood at 2.57% and the case positivity rate stood at 15.53%.

In light of the new strain of coronavirus detected in the UK, the state health department said that health officers at Mumbai international airport had shared a complete list of travellers who arrived in Mumbai from England between November 23 and December 25 in accordance with the Centre’s guidelines regarding surveillance of passengers coming from the UK.

“The state has segregated this line list and shared it with districts and municipal corporations across Maharashtra. Respective district administrations and civic bodies will search for these travellers and run a RT-PCR test on them. Samples of positive patients will be referred to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for genome sequencing. This test will verify whether the virus is matching with the new variant or not,” Dr Awate said.

He said that RT-PCR negative travellers would be followed up for 28 days from their day of arrival inside the country.

Currently, as many as 4,88,723 people across the state are in home quarantine and 3,420 in institutional quarantine facilities, said Awate.

In view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation, Rajasthan government on Wednesday also imposed a night curfew between 8.00 pm on December 31, 2020, and 6.00 am on January 1, 2021, in all cities in the state having a population of over one lakh.

As per the official notification issued by the government, markets in the areas where the night curfew is imposed will close at 7.00 pm. It further said that all gathering on the occasion of the new year will be restricted, and bursting of firecrackers will also be banned. Notification added that maintaining 6 feet of social distancing, wearing a mask and proper sanitisation is mandatory at all places of worship.

The total caseload of Rajasthan stood at 3,01,708 with 11,648 active infections. The state added 992 new infections on Wednesday. With 937 recoveries the total recoveries have risen to 2,87,418 in the state. The total death toll has reached 2,642 with 8 new deaths reported yesterday.