India reported 45,083 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,26,95,030, while active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. The number of deaths climbed to 4,37,830 with 460 fresh fatalities, according to the data updated at 8 am.
The active cases have increased to 3,68,558 comprising 1.13 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.53 per cent, the ministry said..
As many as 17,55,327 tests were conducted on Saturday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of COVID-19 in the country to 51,86,42,929.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.57 per cent. It has been less than three per cent for the last 34 days. The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 2.28 per cent.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 3,18,88,642, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, the data stated.
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Turkey on Sunday confirmed 17,332 new COVID-19 cases, raising its tally of infections to 6,346,881, according to its health ministry.
The death count from the virus in Turkey rose by 255 to 56,213, while 11,396 more people recovered in the last 24 hours.
A total of 286,425 tests were conducted over the past day, it said.
Turkey started mass COVID-19 vaccination on Jan. 14 after the authorities approved the emergency use of the Chinese Sinovac vaccine.
As Australia’s COVID-19 deaths exceed 1,000, a grim count but modest by global standards, a country that has used relentless lockdowns now faces perhaps its biggest health policy challenge of the pandemic – how to reopen.
The highly infectious Delta variant has breached the country’s fortress-style controls and entrenched itself deep enough in Sydney, Australia’s biggest city, and with a foothold in Melbourne, that authorities have dispensed with plans to eliminate it.
Instead, they plan to ramp up Australia’s lagging vaccination effort and live with COVID-19, an approach that would help struggling businesses but which is opposed by states determined to crush the disease.
Australia reported four fatalities on Monday, taking the total death toll from COVID-19 to 1,003, according to government data.
It has logged an average of two to three deaths a day recently, the data shows.But while deaths are creeping higher, infections are surging to successive record highs above 1,200 a day.
Kodaikanal, queen of western ghats on Sunday opened for tourists after four months in the wake of the relaxation of COVID-19 norms by the Tamil Nadu government.
The hill town on the slopes of Sahyadri was closed for tourists due to mounting coronavirus threat.
Aakash, a tourist told ANI, “I wanted to visit this place for a long time. It is pretty safe around here. Police are checking vaccination certificates, masks, and sanitizers.”
Ranganathan, a tourist who came for boating, said, “I am coming from Madhurai. They are having RT-PCR tests at the entrance. Everything is safe and sanitized over here,” said.
Kerala confirmed 29,836 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday, the state health ministry department said in a bulletin. The spike in cases came even as the state observed a complete lockdown on Sunday
With the 75 deaths, the COVID deaths of the state rose to 20,541. The test positivity rate is 19.67 per cent was recorded out of 1,51,670 samples were tested during the last 24 hours.
At present, 22,088 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours, with 2,12,566 in treatment and a total number of recoveries in the state now stand at 37,73,754.
According to the health department, Kerala also reported Covid cases to district wise Thrissur reported 3965, Kozhikode 3548, Malappuram 3190, Ernakulam 3178, Palakkad 2816, Kollam 2266, Thiruvananthapuram 2150, Kottayam 1830, Kannur 1753, Alappuzha 1498, Pathanamthitta 1178, Wayanad 1002, Idukki 962 and Kasaragod 500.
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said the state government plans to fully vaccinate all teaching and non-teaching staff against COVID-19 by September 5, and this would be the first step towards reopening of schools. The minister said a special drive was being conducted for this, adding that a state task force was of the view that schools in districts where there were no positive cases can be reopened.