Coronavirus India News Highlights: India records 16,159 fresh Covid-19 infections, up from yesterday’s 13,086; active cases cross 1.5 lakh mark – The Indian Express

Covid-19 News Highlights:  India reported 16,159 fresh Covid-19 infection and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am Wednesday, according to data from the Union health ministry. This number is 3,073 more than what was recorded yesterday. With this, the total death toll stands at 5,23,270. As many as 15,394 patients recovered from the infection, taking the total number of active cases to 1,15,212.
In other news, Canada is going to throw out about 13.6 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine because it couldn’t find any takers for it either at home or abroad. Canada signed a contract with AstraZeneca in 2020 to get 20 million doses of its vaccine, and 2.3 million Canadians received at least one dose of it, mostly between March and June 2021.
A day after reporting 2,962 new Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra recorded 3,098 daily cases on Tuesday and six Covid-related fatalities. In the recent past, although the number of daily patients has plunged in Mumbai, the infection rate has risen in other districts, especially in Thane and Raigad. Delhi, on the other hand, recorded 615 fresh Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 3.89 per cent and three more fatalities due to the viral disease on Tuesday, according to the city health department. With the fresh cases and fatalities, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 19,38,048 and the death toll has shot up to 26,275, the department said in a bulletin.

Guwahati: Assam reported 210 more Covid-19 infections, the highest single-day tally in the past five months, taking the caseload in the state to 7,25,481, according to a bulletin of the National Health Mission (NHM).
Kamrup (Metro), comprising Guwahati city, reported the highest number of new cases at 98 cases, followed by Kamrup (Rural) at 26 and Dibrugarh at 19, the bulletin said.
No new death due to the disease was recorded in any part of the state, with the toll remaining unchanged at 6,639.

The state currently has 810 active cases, up from 710 the previous day. 
(Inputs from PTI)
As many as 348 new cases of coronavirus have been detected in Maharashtra’s Thane district, taking its infection count to 7,30,069, a health official said on Wednesday. These new cases were reported on Tuesday, he said, adding that the district currently has 3,982 active Covid-19 cases.
There was no report of any fresh fatality and the death toll stood at 11,909. The COVID-19 recovery count in Thane has reached 7,13,829, the official said. (PTI)
Delhi recorded 615 fresh Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 3.89 per cent and three more fatalities due to the viral disease on Tuesday, according to the city health department. With the fresh cases and fatalities, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 19,38,048 and the death toll has shot up to 26,275, the department said in a bulletin.
India reported 16,159 fresh Covid-19 infection and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am Wednesday, according to data from the Union health ministry. This number is 3,073 more than what was recorded yesterday. With this, the total death toll stands at 5,23,270. As many as 15,394 patients recovered from the infection, taking the total number of active cases to 1,15,212.
India reported 16,159 fresh Covid-19 infection and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am Wednesday, according to data from the Union health ministry. With this, the total death toll stands at 5,23,270. As many as 15,394 patients recovered from the infection, taking the total number of active cases to 1,15,212.
Canada is going to throw out about 13.6 million doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine because it couldn’t find any takers for it either at home or abroad. Canada signed a contract with AstraZeneca in 2020 to get 20 million doses of its vaccine, and 2.3 million Canadians received at least one dose of it, mostly between March and June 2021. 
A day after reporting 2,962 new Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra recorded 3,098 daily cases on Tuesday and six Covid-related fatalities. In the recent past, although the number of daily patients has plunged in Mumbai, the infection rate has risen in other districts, especially in Thane and Raigad.
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China and Hong Kong stocks closed roughly flat on Tuesday as concerns over the worsening Covid-19 situation offset optimism from recovering services activities in the country. (Reuters)
High operation and maintenance cost, lower quality of oxygen generated, and fear of antagonising the regular liquid medical oxygen suppliers have kept hospitals from using pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) plants routinely, and a senior official of the Health ministry now calls them “white elephants”.
A year since the Covid-induced oxygen crisis, most hospitals have taken to switching on the plant once a week or for a couple of hours every day to ensure that the machine remains functional.
Even so, more hospitals continue to invest in the expensive machinery, with the Delhi government ordering all hospitals to enhance its oxygen generation capacity – 100-bed hospitals have been asked to create capacity for double their usual need, 50 to 99 bed hospitals have been asked to create capacity at least for their usual need, and others to just enhance their infrastructure – on orders of the Delhi High Court(Read More)
Mizoram on Tuesday reported 138 new Covid-19 cases, the highest single-day spike in over two months, a health official said.
The toll rose to 706 as a 94-year-old man from Aizawl died on Monday, he said.
The new cases were detected after testing 595 samples, recording a positivity rate of 23.19 per cent. On Monday, it was 22.12 per cent with 48 cases being detected, he said.
The Northeastern state now has 368 active cases. (PTI)
Maharashtra’s Thane district has reported 281 new Covid-19 cases, raising its infection tally to 7,29,721, a health official said on Tuesday.
With the addition of the latest cases on Monday, the district currently has 4,248 active Covid-19 cases, he said.
No fresh death was reported and the toll stood at 11,909. The Covid-19 recovery count in the district has reached 7,13,243, the official added. (PTI)
China stocks fell on Tuesday as concerns over the country’s worsening Covid-19 situation overshadowed optimism from recovering service activities, while in Hong Kong, healthcare and energy stocks lifted equities. (Reuters)
India reported 13,086 new Covid-19 cases Tuesday, down from 16,135 infections logged Monday and 19 deaths, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The active cases now stand at 1,14,475 and 5,25,242 deaths have been recorded across the country till date. As many as 4,28,91,933 patients have been discharged, the health ministry data also shows.
Hong Kong will look into shortening COVID-19 quarantine requirements for travellers, while still aiming to curb the spread of the virus and prevent hospitals from being overwhelmed, the city’s new leader John Lee said on Tuesday.
Lee spoke at his first weekly news conference as the city’s chief executive after being sworn in on Friday by China’s President Xi Jinping following celebrations marking 25 years since the former British colony’s return to Chinese rule.
China is alone among major countries to pursue a “zero COVID” strategy that aims to stamp out all outbreaks at just about any cost.
“I am conscious of the need for Hong Kong to remain open and convenient to travellers, but it is also important that we address the risks at the same time,” Lee told reporters. (Reuters)
Macau reported 89 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the total to more than 900 infections since mid-June, as authorities in the world’s biggest gambling hub race to contain its largest outbreak since the pandemic began.
More than 13,000 people are under quarantine in the Chinese special administrative region, which has effectively shut down to limit the spread of coronavirus.
The city’s more than 600,000 residents are subject to three citywide Covid-19 tests this week, with people also required to take rapid antigen tests in between.
While the former Portuguese colony has not introduced a full scale lockdown seen in mainland Chinese cities like Shanghai, most facilities are shut and restaurants can only provide takeaway. (Reuters)
Singapore President Halimah Yacob, Speaker of Parliament Tan Chuan-Jin, and Minister Edwin Tong have tested positive for Covid-19.
Madam Halimah, 67, said in a Facebook post on Monday, “Just tested positive for Covid-19 with mild flu-like symptoms. Thankfully, I have been vaccinated and boosted. I hope to recover soon and am sorry to have to miss the events this week.” Tan, 53, also, in a post on Monday, said that he had tested positive for Covid-19, reported The Straits Times.
Tan took an antigen rapid test before Monday’s parliamentary sitting and it came back positive, which means he will miss both days of the current Parliament sitting. (PTI)
The country’s current surge in Covid-19 cases is because of the BA.2 sub-variant of Omicron — which drove the third wave in January, along with BA.1 — and another sub-variant that has branched off from it, called BA.2.38. Earlier this week, Delhi reported its first couple of cases of the BA.5 sub-variant of Omicron — this was one of the sub-variants that led to an increase in cases in South Africa a couple of months ago. The first BA.5 case in India was reported in late May in Telangana.
Cases of such sub-variants that are driving surges at many places globally are on the rise in India as well, but they currently account for only a small percentage of cases. Importantly, experts believe that there is no clinical significance of this change.
High operation and maintenance cost, lower quality of oxygen generated, and fear of antagonising the regular liquid medical oxygen suppliers have kept hospitals from using pressure-swing adsorption (PSA) plants routinely, and a senior official of the Health ministry now calls them “white elephants”. A year since the Covid-induced oxygen crisis, most hospitals have taken to switching on the plant once a week or for a couple of hours every day to ensure that the machine remains functional.

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