India reported 92,596 new cases COVID-19 cases Wednesday – a slight rise from Tuesday – with 2,219 new deaths. The country has so far reported a total of 2,90,89, 069 cases and 3,53,528 deaths.
The positivity rate stood at 4.67 per cent on Wednesday. For the second straight day Wednesday, India reported a positivity rate below 5 per cent.
Variants of the coronavirus are driving new surges, said experts who recommend fast vaccinations to stay ahead of the constantly mutating virus.
After a raging shortage that forced shut vaccine centres in many states, the Centre has ordered 44 crore doses of Covid vaccines, which will be available from August. These doses will be delivered between August and December 2021, the Union Health Ministry has said.
With cases on the decline due to extended periods of lockdown, most states have started reopening and have relaxed restrictions.
Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
The positivity rate in Andhra Pradesh has dropped to 8.69 per cent and the number of active infections has declined to 1,03,995, informed a state government official, reported news agency ANI.
Addressing a press conference on Wednesday, Anil Kumar Singhal, Principal Secretary, Health, Medical and Family Welfare, said that the number of Covid tests in the state crossed the two-crore mark.
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of seven liquid medical oxygen plants and four Pressure Swing Adsorption (PSA) systems in seven districts of the state, reported news agency ANI.
Mr Patnaik also inaugurated an additional health facility, dengue and diarrhea ward and a blood classification unit at Balasore with the help of the WHO, a center for the treatment of lung disease in Cuttack and an RT-PCR testing laboratory in Nabarangpur. An amount of Rs 29.41 crore will be spent on these projects.