New Delhi: India on Thursday reported more than 72,000 cases as the tally reached 72,330 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. There were over 450 deaths, a total of 459 related deaths were reported on Thursday, as per the Union Health Ministry data.
With these additional cases, the total number of infections in the country has reached 1,22,21,665. Maharashtra reported another jump with 39,544 cases in the said period.
With 459 new deaths, the death toll in India has soared up to 1,62,927. There are 5,84,055 active cases in the nation as of now. Furthermore, 40,382 people were discharged on Wednesday, taking the nationwide recovery tally to 1,14,74,683. The recovery figures are showing dangerous signs of slowing from the previous day when 41,280 people were discharged on Tuesday.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 11,25,681 samples were tested on Wednesday. A total of 24,47,98,621 samples have been tested so far. With several parts of the country witnessing a spike in Covid-19 cases, the central government on Tuesday warned that the situation is going from “bad to worse” and urged states to achieve 100 per cent vaccination coverage of those above the age of 45 years in surge districts within the next two weeks. The vaccination for beneficiaries of 45 years and above began on Thursday.
India had started its vaccination drive on January 16 with priority given to all healthcare and frontline workers in the first phase. The second phase started on March 1 where doses are being administered to people above the age of 60 and those between 45 and 59 years with specific comorbidities. A total of 6,51,17,896 people have been vaccinated across the country so far.
MHA Releases new COVID-19 guidelines
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued an order on March 23 with guidelines for effective control of COVID-19, which will be effective from April 1, 2021, and will remain in force till April 30, 2021. Keeping in view a fresh surge in COVID-19 cases, in some states, the guidelines provides directions to the states and UT governments to strictly enforce the Test- Track-Treat protocol in all parts of the country. They also instruct strict observance of COVID appropriate behaviour and have asked the states to scale up the vaccination drive by 70 per cent and cover all the target groups.
The main focus of the guidelines is to consolidate the substantial gains achieved in containing the spread of COVID-19, which was visible in the sustained decline in the number of active cases, continuously for about 5 months.