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Business News/ News / India/  Covid-19: India reports 159 fresh infections

New Delhi: India has seen a dip in coronavirus infections, with 159 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, pulling down active caseload to 3,193, the Union health ministry said in an update on Monday. 

Death toll, since the onset of the pandemic in 2020, rose to 531,882.

Health experts have observed a decline in hospital admissions as fewer cases of Covid-19 are being reported. However, the elderly or those with underlying health conditions remain at risk of contracting the virus. Hence, doctors advise completing vaccine schedule and adhering to covid-appropriate behaviour.

The XBB.1.16 variant was behind the surge in the last few months. Scientists say that Indians have developed hybrid immunity, helped by vaccination and natural infection, which is responsible for fewer hospitalisations.

Around 4.45 crore people recovered from the infection with 467 patients recovered in the last 24 hours. The recovery rate stands at 98.81%.

The health ministry has directed state and union territory governments to follow a risk assessment-based approach to prevent and contain the infection. The health ministry advised the state governments to examine the situation of Covid-19 at a micro level (district and sub-districts) and maintain focus on the implementation of necessary measures for prompt and effective management of Covid-19 duly ensuring effective compliance.

The central government has urged states to adhere to the five-fold strategy - Test-Track-Treat-Vaccination-Appropriate Behaviour - in combating the pandemic. 

A total of 40,594 tests were conducted in the last 24 hours, bringing the cumulative number of tests conducted to a staggering 92.93 crore.

Under the covid vaccination drive, more than 220.67 crore vaccine doses have been administered to the people across the country so far. In the last 24 hours, around 111 vaccine doses were administered.

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Priyanka Sharma
Priyanka Shamra is a health and pharma journalist with nearly nine years of field reporting experience. She is a special correspondent with Mint. Her beat includes covering the Ministry of Health and Department of Pharmaceuticals. She also covers the Ministry of Women and Child Development and the Department of Biotechnology.
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Updated: 05 Jun 2023, 01:13 PM IST
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