New Covid cases dip below 50,000

For the first time in three months, the single day spike in new Covid-19 cases fell below 50,000 giving the government much respite ahead of the festival season and the winter months when a new surge is feared.

As many as 46,790 cases were reported over the last 24 hours on Tuesday, a few hundred lower than July 28 when for the last time less than 50,000 (47,703) new positive cases were recorded. The daily increase in cases thereafter saw a sharp increase and in the recent weeks touched close to even a lakh per day causing much alarm. In more good news, the percentage of active cases have fallen below 10 and on Tuesday the total positive cases in the country were less than 7.5 lakh (7,48,538), comprising comprise merely 9.85 percent of the total cases, the Health Ministry said in its daily bulletin.

“The slide in active cases is supplemented by an exponential rise in recoveries. The total recovered cases have crossed 67 lakh (67,33,328). The difference between active cases and recovered cases is consistently increasing. The national recovery rate has further grown to 88.63 percent,” the ministry in its statement.

Almost 78 percent of the new recovered cases are concentrated in 10 states with Maharashtra leading with more than 15,000 single day recoveries followed by Karnataka with more than 8,000 recoveries. Around 75 percent of the new confirmed cases continue to come from 10 with Maharashtra, Karnataka and Kerala contributing more than 5000 to the new confirmed cases.

Even as plasma therapy continues to be used as part of the Covid-19 treatment protocol, the Indian Council of Medical Research that has in the past raised doubts over the efficacy of the treatment said on Tuesday that the treatment protocol is likely to be taken off the existing guidelines. “We have had discussions in the national task force. We are now discussing it with the joint monitoring group for the deletion of plasma therapy from the national guidelines,” ICMR director general Dr Balram Bhargava said.

In his seventh address to the nation since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the imposition of a strict nationwide lockdown in March, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned people to be careful ahead of the festival season. “This is not the time to be careless. This is not the time to think that corona is gone and the danger is over. You are risking your family, your children and your elders by doing so… We must keep in mind that lockdown may have ended, but the virus is still there,” Modi said in his brief address. “Dawai nahin to dhilai nahin (no laxity without cure).”

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