New COVID-19 cases soar in Kerala; Night curfew in Delhi

New COVID-19 cases soar in Kerala; Night curfew in Delhi

India recorded 21,944 fresh COVID-19 infections and 299 related deaths in the last 24 hours. With the fresh cases, the nation’s tally has surged to 1,02,67,283 of which the total active cases add up to 2,55,898, according to data from the union health ministry. As many as 98,59,762 infected individuals have been recuperated from the infection so far, with 26,406 of them getting discharged on Wednesday. The death toll due to the pandemic has soared to 1,48,774 in the nation so far.

Kerala reported the highest daily COVID cases at 6,268 on Wednesday. The case tally of the state has climbed to 7,55,719 and the active infections stood at 65,393. As many as 5,707 patients were reportedly recovered yesterday taking the total recoveries to 6,87,104. With 28 new deaths, the overall fatalities from the infection have reached 3,043.

Maharashtra saw 3,537 infections and 4,913 recoveries on Wednesday. The case tally of the state has risen to 19,28,603 with active infections declining to 53,066. As many as 18,24,934 patients have seen a recovery in the state so far. With 90 recent deaths seen in the last 24 hours the total deaths due to the infection has reached 49,463 in the state.

Karnataka reported 973 new infections, 1,217 recoveries and 7 deaths on Wednesday. The state’s case tally stands at 9,18,544 with 11,610 of them being active infections. The deaths toll of the state has reached 12,081.

The total confirmed cases in Delhi climbed 6,24,795 with 677 new cases reported yesterday. The active infections in the capital stand at 5,838. With 21 new deaths, the total fatalities have reached 10,523.

Delhi Disaster Management Authority has imposed a night curfew in Delhi on December 31 and Jan1 from 11 pm to 6 am restricting public gatherings and the New Year celebrations, in light of the spread of the new coronavirus variant.

“No New Year celebratory events, congregations and gatherings at public places shall be permitted from 11 pm of December 31 to 6 am of January 1 and 11 pm of January 1 and 6 am of January 2,” the Delhi Disaster Management Authority said in a statement. Traffic movement, however, will not be restricted.

With India confirming at least 20 cases of the new UK strain of COVID-19, All India Institute of Medical Sciences director Randeep Guleria on Wednesday said that it is a possibility that the new mutation could have been present in the country even in November as the mutant strain was reported in the United Kingdom in September and there might be people who would have been infected. A consortium of 10 government labs across the country has started genome sequencing of new SARS-CoV-2 variant.