Kerala on Monday recorded 11,699 new Covid-19 cases along with 58 more deaths. The test positivity rate in the state stands at 14.55 per cent. 80,372 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The state also witnessed 17,763 discharges taking the total recoveries to 44,59,193. The total death toll stands at 24,661 while there are 1,57,158 active cases in Kerala.
Meanwhile, India Monday reported 26,041 new Covid-19 cases and 276 deaths. The active infection in the country fell below three lakh after six months.
Launching the Ayushman Bharat Digital Mission today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised the CoWIN platform – the government’s centralised digital service provider and records-keeper for COVID-19 vaccination appointments and certificates, declaring “from registration to certification, no system is as massive”. The Prime Minister underlined that India had administered over 86 crore vaccine doses since the inoculation drive began in January, and credited the CoWIN platform with a “big role”.
In other news, the Covid-19 pandemic reduced life expectancy in 2020 by the largest amount since World War Two, according to a study published on Monday by Oxford University, with the life expectancy of American men dropping by more than two years. Life expectancy fell by more than six months compared with 2019 in 22 of the 29 countries analysed in the study, which spanned Europe, the United States and Chile. There were reductions in life expectancy in 27 of the 29 countries overall. The university said most life expectancy reductions across different countries could be linked to official COVID-19 deaths.