Active COVID-19 cases, corresponding deaths much lower during present wave compared to earlier surges: Health ministry

Early signs of Covid cases plateauing, but don’t be complacent against coronavirus: Health Ministry

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan are recording high number of Covid cases.

 The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday asked people to follow COVID appropriate behaviour even as early indications of coronavirus infections plateauing have been reported in some places.

In a positive trend and big relief for the people, the health ministry said that Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Odisha, Haryana, West Bengal are registering a decrease in Covid infections and also the positivity rate is showing a downward trend in the respective states. However, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan are recording high number of coronavirus cases, the Centre further informed.

The health ministry informed that Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala have over 3 lakh active COVID-19 cases each. Addressing the press, the Centre said that 11 states currently have over 50,000 active coronavirus infections.

Addressing the media, Luv Aggarwal, Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, warned against any lax in observing Covid-appropriate behaviour, saying that 400 districts across the country reported over 10 per cent weekly Covid positivity rate, while 141 districts logged 5 to 10 per cent positivity in the week ending January 26.

Urging the eligible people to get vaccinated against the deadly contagious virus, the government said that on May 7, 2021, during the peak of the second wave of COVID, there were 4,14,188 new cases and 3,679 deaths. At that point in time, only 3 per cent were fully vaccinated. However, on January 21, 2022, there were 3,47,254 new coronavirus cases and 435 deaths.

The Union health ministry appealed to people and administrations to continue to follow Covid appropriate behaviour and take precautions against the virus.

“A clear trend in terms of fewer Covid cases requiring oxygen-supported beds or ICU beds has been observed,” Lav Agarwal said.

“Also, active COVID-19 cases and corresponding deaths are much lower during the present wave compared to earlier surges,” he said.

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