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India reports 17,336 cases of COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours

India reported a significant increase in coronavirus infections, with 17336 cases of covid-19 reported in the last 24 hour. This is in comparison to the 13,313 total cases on Thursday.
India’s latest infection surge saw an increase in active cases to 88,284 at 0.20 per cent. This was compared with 83990 at 01.19 percent a day prior.
The Ministry also reported that the country saw as many as 13.029 recovery from the disease within the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of recoveries to 4,274,49,056 at a rate of 98.59 percent.
The country’s daily optimism rate is 4.32 percent, while its weekly positivity rating is 3.07%.
According to the Health Ministry, there have been 85.98 billion tests in the country. Of these, 4,016,00049 were performed within the last 24 hour.
The Ministry reported that as high as 196.77 Crores of covid-19 vaccine were administered to India’s states and Union Territories, under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive (UNVD) by the Union Government.
The Health Ministry of India urged States and Union Territories to maintain strict COVID compliance despite the recent increase in COVID-19-related cases. Rajesh Bhushan, Union Health Secretary, wrote a letter to States/UTs directing them to increase RT-PCR testing and surveillance, vaccine, COVID-19 protocols and take prompt pre-emptive measures. Bhushan recommended that the government follow a five-fold strategy.

On Thursday, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (Union Health Minister) reviewed India’s COVID-19 and vaccination situation.
Mandaviya urged high-ranking officials to closely monitor COVID-19 in the country, with a focus on elderly vaccination, school-going children, surveillance, genome sequencing, and vaccination.
India has witnessed a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the past couple of weeks.
The Union Minister stressed the importance of focusing on high-case positivity districts and ensuring that adequate testing is done (with a higher level of RTPCR and effective COVID-19 monitoring) to detect and stop the spread of infection.
Mandaviya ordered the officials not to stop focusing on surveillance and on whole genome sequencing (WGS), which will scan for any potential mutation.
He also managed the monitoring of COVID-19-related hospitalizations and SARI/ILI cases.
He also instructed health authorities to speed up vaccinations, including booster doses in high-risk districts. He directed, “As long as there are sufficient vaccine doses available let there be no vaccine waste while focusing on accelerating vaccine among the eligible and most vulnerable groups.”


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