Number of Corona cases cross 16,000-mark, 2,302 recover
New Delhi: With more and more number of districts adding to the list of COVID-19 free zones, it seems efforts of the government to contain the spread of the virus has started yielding results.
India on Sunday reported the highest ever increase of 1,324 new cases in the last 24 hours and with this, the total tally climbed to 16,116 which includes 2,302 recoveries and 519 deaths. With 287 new recoveries in a day out of the total cure patients, the country's recovery rate improved from 13.6 per cent to 14.2 per cent on Sunday.
While giving COVID-19 updates, joint secretary Lav Agarwal said, "Apart from earlier 45 districts, 54 additional districts have reported no new case from the last 24 hours. Some of the new districts that have registered no fresh cases include Gaya and Saran in Bihar; Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh' Bhiwani, Hisar and Fatehabad in Haryana; Fatehgarh Sahib and Rupnagar in Punjab; Karimganj and Lakhimpur in Assam."
Also, no new cases have been reported in Goa and Manipur and all seven patients in Goa have been discharged.
The government has also constituted a high-level task force regarding the vaccine for COVID-19. The task force would be co-chaired by Niti Aayig member and principal scientific adviser to the Prime Minister. The main objective of the task force is to speed up national and international efforts towards vaccine development to treat coronavirus, Agarwal said, adding that the department of biotechnology would act as a nodal agency "to identify the pathway for vaccine development, monitor the progress of efforts at both national and international level in this area and provide government facilitation where needed. Notably, the proactive and timely action taken by Saran district magistrate Subrat Kumar Sen resulted in the containment of the virus in the district that shares the borders with Siwan — Red Zone district.
According ICMR, so far 3,86,791 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the country. Of these tests, 37,173 tests were conducted on Saturday out of which 29,287 tests were done in the 194 labs of the ICMR network and 7,886 tests were conducted in 82 private sector labs.
Maharashtra reported highest 3,651 confirmed cases out of which 365 have recovered and 211 died, followed by Delhi 1,707, Madhya Pradesh 1,893, Gujarat 1,604, Madhya Pradesh 1,407, Tamil Nadu 1,372 and Rajasthan 1,351.
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