India reported 41,506 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, slightly less than yesterday, and added 895 deaths. The daily number of new cases has been stuck in the 40,000s for more than two weeks. Kerala continues to be the largest contributor to the caseload with 14,087 new cases.
Active cases have fallen marginally to 4.54 lakh. In both Maharashtra and Kerala, active infections have increased since the previous day. The recovery rate has now increased to 97.20 percent.
A staggering 18,43,500 tests were conducted on Saturday, bringing the total number of tests conducted so far for the detection of COVID-19 in the country to 43,08,85,470. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.25 percent. It has been below three percent for 20 consecutive days, the ministry said, adding that the weekly positivity rate has fallen to 2.32 percent.
Several states have eased restrictions on travel and public activities after Covid cases began to decline over the past two months. However, the Center has warned the states about crowds.
The Department of the Interior held a meeting with eight states on Saturday – where these destinations are – to remind them that the second wave was not over and that they must “ensure strict adherence to prescribed protocols regarding wearing of masks, social distancing and other safe behaviors.”
Union Home Minister AK Bhalla and Union Health Minister Rajesh Bhushan met with top officials from Goa, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.
The meeting focused on the “overall management” of Covid-19 and vaccination status in these states. “The Union Home Secretary issued a warning in light of media reports showing blatant disregard for Covid-appropriate behavior at hill stations and other tourist locations,” a statement from the Interior Ministry said.