India reports over 43,000 COVID-19 cases; 338 fatalities in 24 hours amid third wave of virus surge
India's health officials recorded an increase of 2,358 active COVID-19 cases in a span of 24 hours with the daily positivity rate at 2.38 per cent. The third wave of the deadly covid 19 attack is expected to begin this week as the country prepares for a religious festival.
India recorded 43,263 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,31,39,981, while the active cases increased to 3,93,614, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The death toll climbed to 4,41,749 with 338 fresh fatalities, according to the health ministry.
The active cases comprise 1.19 per cent of the total infections and the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.48 per cent, the ministry said.
An increase of 2,358 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. Less than 50,000 daily cases have been reported for 74 consecutive days.
As many as 18,17,639 tests were conducted on Wednesday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 53,68,17,243.
The daily positivity rate was recorded as 2.38 per cent. It has been less than three per cent for last 10 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.43 per cent. It has been below three per cent for the last 76 days, according to the ministry.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,23,04,618, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.33 per cent.
THIRD WAVES COMING SOON - Amid COVID-19's third wave fears, India restricts religious festivals
Indian authorities are restricting religious festivals due to the threat of the outbreak of COVID-19's third wave. Several governments across the country have started to keep a check on mass gatherings.
With COVID-19's third wave fears on mind, Indian authorities are restricting religious festivals, which are going to start this week.
As these attract huge crowds, there is a possibility of outbreak of the third wave of COVID-19.
Several governments across the country are clamping down on mass gatherings.
Mumbai’s Mayor Kishori Pednekar told reporters on Tuesday, “The third wave is not coming, it is already here”.
“We can celebrate festivals later. Let us first prioritise the lives and health of our citizens,” added Uddhav Thackeray, the chief minister of the western state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital. He was speaking ahead of the 11-day Ganesh Chaturthi festival, which starts on Friday.
Tamil Nadu has also banned public festival celebrations.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' on Sunday, urged people to show patience while celebrating festivals during COVID-19 pandemic and said in this battle, victory is certain.
Addressing the nation through his monthly radio programme, Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister urged for low key Dussehra celebrations. "Today, all of you are living with great restraint, celebrating festivals with modesty. Therefore, in the Covid-19 battle, we are fighting, victory is certain," he said.