India recorded 38,792 new coronavirus cases with 624 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the country’s overall covid tally to 3.1 crores, while the death toll now exceeds 4.11 lakh. The active cases have declined to 4,29,946 and comprise 1.39 percent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands at 97.28 percent, the data updated at 8 am showed. Kerala reported 14,539 new cases, the highest in the last six days while Maharashtra reported 7,243 cases.
Kerala government on Tuesday announced that the state will go under complete lockdown on 17th and 18th July. The state is witnessing a spike in daily Covid infections as 14,539 fresh cases were reported on Tuesday while the test positivity rate is 10.46 percent.
India’s first covid patient hailing from Kerala’s Thrissur district has yet again tested positive for covid-19. Meanwhile, Health Minister Raghu Sharma ON Wednesday informed about the new covid variant Kappa that has been detected in Rajasthan and other parts of the country. According to Raghu Sharma, the Kappa Covid-19 variant has been detected in 11 cases across the state, with three cases each in Jaipur and Alwar, two in Barmer, and one in Bhilwara.
Nine samples from Delhi tested positive for the Kappa strain, while two samples from Jaipur’s Sawai Man Singh (SMS) Hospital tested positive, says Raghu Sharma.
Earlier, the central government has also expressed concerns over the “gross violations” of Covid-appropriate behavior in several parts of the country and said this can nullify the gains made so far.
Meanwhile, the Serum Institute of India (SII) and the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) Tuesday announced plans to start producing the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in India from September. The parties intend to produce over 300 million doses of the vaccine in India per year, it added.