New Delhi: A day after recording the lowest COVID-19 cases in 125 days, India has seen a slight increase in the last 24 hours. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 42,015 new coronavirus infections were reported in India on Wednesday (July 21, 2021).
India’s active caseload now stands at 4,07,170, accounting for 1.30 percent of all cases. The weekly positivity rate currently stands at 2.09 percent, while the daily positivity rate stands at 2.27 percent.
The Union Health Ministry also stated that there were 3,998 coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours, with Maharashtra accounting for 3,656 of them. As a result, the total number of cases has risen to 3,12,16,337, of which 3,03,90,687 have been recovered and 4,18,480 have died. India, on the other hand, has administered 41.54 crore vaccine doses to date.
Meanwhile, the fourth national COVID-19 serosurvey conducted by the ICMR revealed that two-thirds of Indians have developed SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, but 40 crore people remain vulnerable. The serosurvey, which took place in June and July, discovered that the overall seroprevalence was 67.6 percent. It involved over 28,975 people (adults and children), as well as 7,252 healthcare workers, in 70 districts across 21 states, where the previous three rounds were also held.
4th round of national sero-survey for #COVID19 – Overall sero-prevalence is 67.6% in the entire population
— PIB India (@PIB_India) July 20, 2021
During a press conference on the COVID-19 situation on Tuesday, ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava stated that the findings indicate a ray of hope, but that there is no room for complacency and that COVID-appropriate behaviour and community engagement must be maintained.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with floor leaders from all parties in both houses of Parliament, telling them that the ‘pandemic should not be a political issue.’ While briefing the floor leaders on the Public Health Response to COVID-19, PM Modi also mentioned the efforts being made to ensure that every district in India has at least one oxygen plant.
The Prime Minister also updated leaders on the progress of the country’s vaccination programme, stating that mutations make COVID-19’very unpredictable,’ and that everyone must work together to combat this disease.