COVID-19 guidelines to remain in force till January 31: MHA
India reported 20,021 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 Monday, taking the country’s total tally past 1.02 cr.
The Ministry of Home Affairs on Monday extended the COVID-19 guidelines for surveillance till 31 January 2021 and asked states and UTs to strictly enforce them.
In a press release, the ministry said, “While there has been a continuous decline in the active & new COVID19 cases, there is need to maintain surveillance, containment & caution, keeping in view the surge in cases globally, and the emergence of a new variant of the virus in the United Kingdom.”
India reported 20,021 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours
India reported 20,021 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours ending 8 Monday, taking the country’s total tally past 1.02 cr. Of the total cases, 2.77 lakh cases are currently active while over 97.82 lakh people have recovered. With 279 deaths reported on Sunday, the death toll now stands at over 1.47 lakh. At 7.15 lakh samples, the country tested one of the lowest samples on Sunday since August.
As a result, new infections are likely to be low on Monday as well. Delhi is now consistently reporting below 1,000 cases, a level that was last seen in August. The Covid-19 dummy vaccination drive, aimed at testing India’s vaccine delivery system and other logistics commenced today. The dry run, the largest mass immunisation programme in the country’s history will be carried out in four states- Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, and Assam.
New Covid Strain
European countries including Italy, Germany and France kicked off their vaccination campaign Sunday as a growing list of countries in the continent have identified their first cases of coronavirus’s new strain.
Till December 25th, over 3,500 people have been infected from the virus variant, mostly in the UK, but steadily growing in France, Ireland, Israel, Hong Kong and Singapore. South Korea became the latest country to record its first case of the new variant on Monday.