India reported 4,518 new Covid-19 cases and 9 deaths due to the infection in the last 24 hours. During the same time, 2,779 people have recovered from the coronavirus infection. The country crossed the 4k mark for the second consecutive day today. Stay with TOI for the latest updates:
Odisha’s COVID-19 tally increases to 12,88,517 with 13 fresh cases.
Delhi reports 247 new cases, and 320 recoveries in the last 24 hours; the Positivity rate is 3.47%.
In an exclusive interview with ANI, Dr. Mishra said, “Omicron and its sub-lineages can reinfect any vaccinated person and/or the ones who have had a natural infection and so on. The severity of the disease is extremely low and most people are going to be asymptomatic or have very mild symptoms. But if people fall sick, that should be taken very seriously. It may be problematic because maybe, a new variant is coming.”
As India reported its biggest jump in three months on Monday – an increase of 1,730 active Covid cases in a span of 24 hours – the director of Tata Institute of Genetics and Society (TIGS) Dr. Rakesh Mishra called for increasing genome sequencing, despite the “severity of the disease being extremely low”.
The death toll in the archipelago remained at 129 as no new fatality due to the infection was reported in the last 24 hours. One person recuperated from the disease during the period, taking the total number of recoveries in the Union territory to 9,917, the official said.
Turkey removes all Covid -19 -related restrictions for Indian travelers:
Turkiye Tourism Board said that Turkey has relaxed all the conditions for travelers entering the country and is expecting to welcome the highest-ever number of Indian tourists this year. According to a statement, Indian travelers were required to submit either a vaccination certificate or an RT-PCR test report to visit Turkey. Now, Indian travelers no longer have to show proof of vaccination against coronavirus or evidence of recovery from the disease or a negative RT-PCR test result, it added.
Andaman and Nicobar:
A health department official said that Andaman and Nicobar Islands have reported a new coronavirus case, pushing the tally to 10,049 on Monday. The fresh patient has a travel history, he said.
Diners returned to restaurants in most of Beijing for the first time in more than a month Monday as authorities further eased pandemic-related restrictions after largely eradicating a small Covid-19 outbreak in the capital under China’s strict ‘zero-Covid’ approach.
He, however, said that there is no need for any unnecessary panic or worry, as the government has already put in place certain regulatory measures. “In the wake of Covid cases increasing, our principal secretary-health will hold meetings with officials of all districts to know about the situation there and review the Covid management measures being taken and will submit a report to me,” Bommai said.
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Monday indicated that his government is likely to take a decision on imposing certain Covid control measures in a couple of days, aimed at containing the uptick in daily cases.
The rise in cases is still small on paper. They’d be much more in reality. But it does not matter. Precautions will help keep it at bay. We are requesting people to maintain distance, mask up and follow hygiene: Dr. Mishra
Variants will keep coming as it is trying to sustain. But it should not matter till the time we take all precautions. Masks are crucial. I don’t think we will have the 4th wave because chances are extremely small: Dr. Rakesh Mishra, Tata Institute for Genetics & Society.
We’re taking stock of the Covid-19 situation. Cases are rising, but we’ll open schools on June 15 with all appropriate measures. Masks are not mandatory. New SOPs to be issued to schools. Further decision to be taken in accordance with the situation: Maharashtra School Education minister Varsha Gaikwad.
India has administered more than 194.12 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. This has been achieved through 2,47,70,416 sessions.
The daily positivity rate of 1.62 percent was observed in the last 24 hours, while the weekly positivity rate was recorded to be 0.91 percent, the health ministry said.