New Delhi: India reported 2,539 Covid-19 cases while the toll went up by 60 in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday. In the same span of time, 4,491 Covid-19 patients have recovered, and the recovery rate has further improved to 98.73 percent. The active cases, which now currently stand at 30,799, comprise 0.07 percent of the total cases.
Under the national vaccination drive, 180.80 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses have so far been administered in the country. Meanwhile, the vaccination process for children aged 12-14 began in the country on Wednesday. The government has approved Biological E’s Corbevax to inoculate children within the age bracket.
On Wednesday, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya directed government officials and experts to maintain increased surveillance as Covid-19 cases show fresh signs of spiking in some Asian and European countries. Chairing a high-level meeting, the minister also reviewed the decision to resume scheduled international flights from March 27, India’s vaccination situation, and the level of genomic surveillance.
These increases are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, which means the cases we are seeing are just the tip of the iceberg. And we know that when Covid-19 cases increase, so do deathsWHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
“Given the rising cases in China, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam and some European countries, a high-level meeting was held by the Union Health Minister with senior government officials and experts,” news agency PTI quoted an official as saying. “The minister has directed aggressive genomic sequencing, heightened surveillance and a high level of alertness,” it added.
Meanwhile, World Health Organisation (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has sounded a warning regarding another massive coronavirus wave and announced that after several weeks of decline, reported cases of Covid-19 are once again increasing globally, especially in parts of Asia.
“These increases are occurring despite reductions in testing in some countries, which means the cases we are seeing are just the tip of the iceberg. And we know that when Covid-19 cases increase, so do deaths,” said Ghebreyesus. Continued local outbreaks and surges are to be expected, particularly in areas where measures to prevent transmission have been lifted, he said.
International flight resumption
The WHO warning comes as the Central Government on Sunday said that regular international flights will resume from March 27, since the coronavirus situation in India has improved.
Owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, scheduled international flight services were suspended on March 23, 2020. However, special international flights have been operating between India and about 35 other countries since July 2020 under an air bubble agreement.