Coronavirus India Highlights: Holding a press briefing, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, on Tuesday said there are less than 5 lakh active cases in the country now but the positivity rate is still high in some places. “In states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, the positivity rate is more than 10%. The second wave is still existent in a limited way, in some areas,” he said.
India recorded 34,703 new cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Tuesday, taking the country’s total infections to over 3.06 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in 111 days. Out of these, active cases further declined to 4.64 lakh while recovery rate rose to 97.17%. Among the fresh cases, 79 were in Delhi, 453 in Mumbai, 715 in Bengaluru, 209 in Chennai and 59 in Kolkata.
Assam on Tuesday declared a total lockdown in seven of its districts — Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Morigaon — as they are showing a high positivity rate of Covid infections in the recent days. The lockdown will start from 5 am on Wednesday and remain in place until further notice. All restaurants, shops and offices will remain closed and there will be a complete ban on the movement of public and private transport.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday launched a social security scheme and a portal for Covid-affected families. After a deadly second wave in Delhi, families who have lost their breadwinners, children who have lost their parents to the virus will be provided monthly financial assistance, he highlighted.