India's fresh Covid-19 cases surpass 13,000 mark for first time in 3 months

By Shgun S -- June 18, 2022 1:35 pm -- Updated:June 18, 2022 1:35 pm

New Delhi, June 18: Covid-19 cases in India crossed the 13,000-mark for the first time after more than three months, with the country logging 13,216 new infections in the last 24 hours, according to the data released by Union Health Ministry.

After a gap of three months, India saw an uptick in the number of Covid-19 cases as the country has been crossing the 12,000- mark for the past two days.

India reported 12,213 cases on Thursday, followed by 12,847 cases on Friday. With this, India's active Covid-19 caseload jumped to 68,108, accounting for 0.16 percent of the total cases.

The health ministry on Saturday informed that as many as 8,148 recoveries were registered in the last 24 hours, increasing the total recoveries to 4,26,90,845. The recovery rate is 98.63 percent.

The daily positivity rate is currently 2.73 percent, while the weekly positivity rate is 2.47 percent. The death toll has risen to 5,24,840, with 23 more fatalities.

As of 7 a.m. on Saturday, India's Covid-19 vaccination coverage had surpassed 196 crore (1,96,00,42,768) under the nationwide vaccination programme. This was accomplished through 2,52,66,330 sessions.

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More than 3.56 crore (3,56,40,133) adolescents have received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccination so far.

More than 193.53 crore (1,93,53,58,865) vaccine doses have been delivered to states/UTs so far, with over 12.89 crores (12,89,73,380) in balance and unutilized vaccine doses still available.

In light of the recent increase in Covid-19 cases recorded across the country, the Health Ministry of India urged states and union territories on June 9 to remain vigilant and strictly adhere to Covid-appropriate behaviour. Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked States/UTs on Thursday to increase RT-PCR testing, surveillance, clinical management, vaccination, Covid-19 protocols, and adopt timely precautionary measures.

He also advised the government to follow a 'five-fold Strategy'.

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-PTC News

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