India records eight more cases of New UK Covid-19 strain as toll rises to 90
A day after India resumed flights to and from the United Kingdom, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has informed that the total number of new Covid-19 strain cases has increased to 90 on Saturday.
On Friday, the country had 82 cases related to the new strain. Eight new cases have been reported on Saturday. The government has arranged single room isolation at chosen medical health facilities for those testing positive for the new Covid-19 strain. The government is leaving no stone unturned in tracing close contacts of the affected. These contacts are in quarantine.
The Union ministry has also informed that India’s Covid-19 positivity rate has dropped from 8.93% to 5.79% in five months and the country currently has 2.15% active Covid-19 cases. According to reports, 15 States and Union Territories are having a positivity rate below the national average.
In the last 24 hours, around 18,222 new Covid cases have been reported. This has taken the national tally to 1,04,31,639 on Saturday. India’s recovery rate is currently at 96.36% as over one crore people have recovered from the virus. The country also reported 228 deaths, taking the total death toll to 1,50,798.
Meanwhile, Kerala continues to have the highest number of active cases in the country. On Friday, the state recorded 5,142 new covid cases out of the 59,569 samples tested. This has taken Kerala’s total tally past the eight lakh mark. The state also witnessed 5,325 recoveries and 23 deaths on Friday. Kerala’s Test Positivity Rate has come down to 8.63% after fluctuating between 9-11% for several weeks. Kerala has also reported several cases of the new strain. The state health ministry has asked people to remain vigilant and follow the state government’s Covid-19 protocol.