So far, India has reported 34,414,186 cases, 462,690 deaths, and 33,814,080 recoveries due to the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). Active cases, which stand at 137,416, have been the lowest in 267 days and the overall recovery rate is 98.26%.
On Friday, the country reported 12,516 cases while 501 more patients succumbed to the viral illness. The cases and deaths reported this week are 58,650 and 1,899 respectively.
Meanwhile, more than 1.11 billion vaccines have been administered in India since the start of the vaccination campaign in January. Of these, almost 5.3 million doses were administered in the last 24 hours.
Here are the top Covid-19 updates across India this week:
> This week, the highest number of cases was reported on Thursday with 13,091, while the fewest cases were reported on Tuesday with 10,126.
> The highest number of deaths this week was reported on Friday, with 501, and the lowest on Monday with 266.
> The national capital Delhi recorded its first death due to Covid-19 after a lapse of a few weeks when two more patients succumbed to the viral illness on Friday, bringing the total death toll to 25,093. Delhi had last reported a virus-related death on October 22.
> Union Health Minister Mansukh Madaviya said on Friday that stickers will be posted on the homes of those families who are fully vaccinated, meaning they have taken both doses.
> The Center on Thursday revised its guidelines for international passengers coming to India. According to the new guidelines, children under the age of 5 are exempt from Covid-19 testing before and after arrival.
> INSACOG, a consortium of laboratories across the country tasked with monitoring genomic variations in the Sars-CoV-2 virus, reported Thursday that the Delta variant of coronavirus disease it remains the main variant of concern in India.
> The Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday that India and Another 96 countries have agreed to mutually recognize vaccination certificates.
> On Wednesday, Himachal Pradesh reopened schools for classes 3 to 7 amid an improvement in the overall pandemic situation in the state. Previously, offline classes were resumed for students in grade 8 and above in Himachal Pradesh.
> With the intention of achieving 100% vaccination coverage of the entire eligible population by the end of this year, Madhya Pradesh government announced that a special vaccination campaign will be organized every Wednesday starting November 10.
> The Assam government said on Monday that children under 10 years old Those entering the state will no longer be required to undergo mandatory testing for Covid-19.