COVID-19: India logs 2,841 fresh cases, 9 more fatalities
India on Friday reported over 2,800 new COVID-19 cases, a marginal increase from the previous day. The country's active caseload currently stands at 18,604, which accounts for 0.04% of the total cases recorded so far. In the past 24 hours, a total of 2,841 new cases and nine COVID-19-related fatalities were recorded. Meanwhile, the country's recovery rate stood at 98.74%.
- India on Friday reported slightly higher COVID-19 cases than the day before.
- However, both active caseload and positivity rates recorded a decline on Friday.
- India is currently experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, with some experts predicting that the fourth wave of COVID-19 is imminent.
- Notably, India recorded a sharp decline in infections from January end to April beginning.
According to data shared by the Union Health Ministry, India reported a total of 4,31,16,600 COVID-19 cases until Friday morning, while the cumulative death count at 5,24,190. With 3,295 fresh discharges, the number of total recoveries in the country climbed to 4,25,73,460. On the other hand, the daily and weekly positivity rates were recorded at 0.58% and 0.69%, respectively.
Maharashtra—one of the worst-hit states so far—recorded 231 new cases and 208 more recoveries on Thursday. Karnataka added 157 new cases and 216 recoveries, while Tamil Nadu witnessed 42 new cases and 43 discharges. On the other hand, Delhi reported 1,032 new cases and 1,306 discharges. Meanwhile, Kerala recorded 419 new COVID-19 cases and 344 recoveries on Thursday.
Notably, India witnessed a massive spurt in coronavirus cases in December-end and at the beginning of January—dubbed India's third wave—due to the highly contagious Omicron variant. The third wave peaked on January 21, 2022, when 3.47 lakh single-day cases were recorded. However, this was lower compared to the second wave, when 4.14 lakh single-day infections were recorded at its peak on May 7, 2021.
As of Friday morning, India had administered over 190.8 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses. Overall, over 87.2 crore people have been fully vaccinated, while more than 100.7 crore people have received at least one dose. On Friday alone, India administered nearly two lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses till 10:30 am, including over 1.27 lakh second doses and more than 41,000 first doses, according to Co-WIN.
India has administered over 2.90 crore "precautionary" doses since January 10. On Friday, over 16,000 people in the age group of 18-59 years and over 15,000 people aged above 60 years were given the precautionary dose till 10:30 am.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called for reforms in the World Health Organization in order to build a more resilient global health security architecture at the 2nd Global Virtual Summit on COVID-19. At the summit hosted by United States President Joe Biden, Modi said India calls for "stream-lining WHO's approval process for vaccines and therapeutics to keep supply chains stable and predictable."