India recorded 67,084 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country to 4,24,78,060, while active cases fell to 7,90,789, according to Ministry of Health data. Union Health updates Thursday. The death toll climbed to 5,06,520 with 1,241 new fatalities, according to data updated as of 8 a.m. Active cases account for 1.86 percent of the total number of infections, while the national COVID-19 cure rate has further improved to 96.95 percent, the ministry said. A reduction of 1,02,039 cases was recorded in the number of active COVID-19 cases within 24 hours.
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# Prince Charles tests positive for COVID-19 for the 2nd time
Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for COVID19 for the second time and is now self-isolating, Clarence House said on Thursday. The positive result for the Prince of Wales, who received three shots, was announced on Twitter moments before he arrived for an engagement in Winchester.
24 new COVID-19 cases in Tripura bring total to 1,00,739
Tripura’s COVID19 tally rose to 1,00,739 on Thursday as 24 more people tested positive for the infection, six more than the day before, officials said. The number of coronavirus deaths remained unchanged at 916 as no new deaths were recorded.
# Kerala records 18,420 new cases of COVID-19, 341 deaths
Daily COVID19 cases in Kerala fell below 20,000 on Thursday, with the state recording 18,420 new infections, bringing the total number of cases to 63,65,051. The southern state had reported 23,253 cases on Wednesday of COVID19.
# AP reports 1,345 new cases of COVID-19
Andhra Pradesh reported 1,345 new Covid19 cases in 24 hours ending at 9am on Thursday. The latest bulletin says 6,576 infected people have been cured while four others have died in the state.
# Bengal government to reopen primary schools after assessing Covid situation: Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that her government will wait a few more days to assess the Covid19 situation before deciding whether to reopen primary schools in the state. Some caution should be exercised before reopening primary schools as there are warnings of another variant of the coronavirus, she said.
# Guidelines for international arrivals revised: no 7-day home quarantine or RT-PCR test on day 8
Travelers arriving in India will not have to undergo a mandatory seven-day home quarantine or an RTPCR test on the eighth day from February 14, according to revised guidelines for international arrivals released on Thursday. There will be a random sampling of 2% of international travelers from all countries upon arrival. They can give their samples and will be allowed to leave the airport after that, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said on Twitter.
#COVID-19 hits Indian Open golf again, canceled for third consecutive year
COVID-19 has continued to wreak havoc on international golf events in the country as the upcoming Hero Indian Open has been canceled for the third consecutive year, DP World (European Tour) announced on Thursday. The tournament was to take place from February 1720 at the DLF Golf & Country Club in Gurugram.
# Government approves Rs 6.15 crore aid to families of 123 journalists who died of COVID-19
The Center said on Thursday that Rs 6.15 crore had been approved as financial aid for the families of 123 journalists who died due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Responding to further questions from the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting, L Murugan, also said that it was the responsibility of state governments to take appropriate action against online harassment of female journalists. Regarding the number of journalists who died during the pandemic, he said: “We are very concerned about the well-being of journalists. During the pandemic, we ran a special campaign for journalists. Those who lost their lives, we want to support their families. We received 123 proposals from journalists. All 123 proposals are accepted and we have released an amount of Rs 6.15 crore to the families concerned.
# Chandigarh: Schools for all grades and coaching institutes will reopen at full capacity in hybrid mode from February 14; lifting of night restrictions. Chandigarh Bird Park and Rock Garden will reopen from February 12, according to the administration.
The Ministry of Health on Thursday revised the guidelines for international travelers and removed the demarcation of countries as “at risk” and other countries removed. The revised guidelines will come into effect from February 14 amid falling COVID-19 cases. The ministry recommended self-monitoring for 14 days after arrival compared to the previously imposed 7-day home quarantine. Additionally, COVID-19 testing upon arrival from “at risk” countries and awaiting the result has been scrapped. Instead, a random sampling of 2% of international travelers from all countries upon arrival. Travelers can give samples and will be allowed to leave the airport, the ministry said.
# Possibility of new variants of COVID-19 very high, warns WHO
Describing new variants of COVID-19 as the “wild card”, a senior World Health Organization official warned that the Omicron won’t be the last and the possibility of other new variants is really high. During a question-and-answer session broadcast live on WHO social media platforms on Tuesday, WHO COVID-19 Technical Officer Maria Van Kerkhove said the world health agency followed four different versions of Omicron. “We know a lot about this virus, but we don’t know everything. And frankly, variants are the wild card. So we’re following this virus in real time because it mutates as it changes, but this virus has a lot of room to move,” she says. “Omicron is the last concerning variant. This will not be the last worrying variant that the WHO will talk about. The next, you know, coming up hopefully, it’s going to take a while to get there. But with the level of spread intensity, the possibility that we have other variants is really high, she said.
# RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announces MPC’s decision. He says:
– The COVID-19 pandemic is once again holding the global economy hostage
– Containment measures weigh on the pace of economic activity
– With inflation at a multi-decadal high, the macro environment is made very uncertain
– India is charting a different recovery path to the rest of the world
# Highlights of today’s data
– 67,084 new cases, 1,241 new deaths, 1,67,882 new recoveries, 1,02,039 drop in active cases
– New cases 6% less than the day before
– New cases at the lowest in the last 36 days. Below 1 lakh for the 4th consecutive day
– 7-day rolling average of new cases (96,392) below 1 lakh for the first time in 32 days
– Active cases at lowest in 31 days
– Deaths (including backlog) at highest in 8 days
– Kerala reports 23,253 new cases, Maharashtra 7,142, Karnataka 5,339
– Kerala reports 854 new deaths (including 627 reconciled), Maharashtra 92, Karnataka 48
– The total number of reported deaths in Kerala now exceeds 60,000 (60,793), of which 45% (27,493) have been added to the backlog in the last 111 days.
– Sikkim is the only state to report an increase in active cases
– The difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the previous 7 days in India is -53% (world average is -17%)
– 46.44 lakh of new vaccines. 171.28 crore in total. 6.10 lakh of the 18+ population received their first dose yesterday, 20.6 lakh the second dose. 3.73 lakh of 15-18 year olds received their first dose yesterday, 12.41 lakh the second dose. 3.61 lakh received the precautionary dose yesterday. 74.35 crores fully vaccinated
– 15.11 lakh new tests. Daily test positivity rate for all India: 4.44% (4.54% the day before)
– Test positivity rate below 5% for the 2nd consecutive day. Lowest in 36 days
– Daily test positivity rate: Kerala 27.38%, Mizoram 24.74%, Goa 8.66%
– Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 32.26%, Mizoram 27.24%, Pondicherry 13.94%
– 599 districts (82%) of districts reporting a drop in the weekly test positivity rate. 109 report an increase (15%). No change in 26 districts (4%). (Data through February 8)
– Weekly test positivity rate below 5% in 406 districts (55%)
– 95% of urban municipalities and 85% of semi-urban municipalities report a drop in the weekly test positivity rate. 80% of rural districts reporting decline.
# India reports 67,084 new COVID-19 cases, 1,67,882 recoveries and 1,241 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.
Active cases: 7,90,789 (1.86%)
Number of dead: 5,06,520
Daily positivity rate: 4.44%
# Maharashtra: 282 new cases of COVID-19 in Thane, 8 more deaths
With the addition of 282 new coronavirus cases, the number of infections in Maharashtra’s Thane district rose to 7,06,461, while another eight deaths took the death toll to 11,838, an official said on Thursday. . These new cases and deaths were reported on Wednesday, he said. The death rate from COVID-19 in Thane was 1.67%, he added. In nearby Palghar district, the number of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,62,966, while the death toll reached 3,389, another official said.
# Mumbai: COVID-19 cases drop below 500 for 3rd day; the number of deaths rises to 9
The third day in a row, Mumbai reported less than 500 coronavirus cases on Wednesday. However, the death toll from the infection rose to nine, a day after recording just one death related to COVID-19, according to the bulletin released by the city’s civic body. With the detection of 441 new cases, the total number of cases rose to 10,52,617 in Mumbai. The death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 16,676, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin. The case positivity rate in Mumbai now stands at 1.16%, the BMC said, adding that Mumbai now finds itself with 4,096 active cases.