Coronavirus India Highlights: Warning against lowering the guard against coronavirus disease ahead of festive season, the Health Ministry on Thursday said people should celebrate festivals at home, follow Covid-appropriate behaviour and get vaccinated as and when their turn comes. The ministry, in its presser, also stated that mass gatherings have to be discouraged and full vaccination should be a prerequisite if attending a gathering is essential.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said that it is closely monitoring a new coronavirus “variant of interest” named Mu, warning that the new variant shows signs of possible resistance to vaccines, PTI reported. The new variant was first identified in Colombia in January 2021, and since then, there have been “sporadic reports” of cases and some larger outbreaks in South America and Europe
Meanwhile, India reported 47,029 coronavirus cases and 509 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 AM on Thursday. With this the country’s overall caseload rose to 3.28 crore (3,28,57,937) and the death toll increased to 4.39 lakh (4,39,529). The total number of active cases presently stands at 3.89 lakh (3,89,583). Out of the new cases and deaths reported, Kerala reported 32,803 fresh cases and 173 deaths yesterday.
Following the discovery of new, more virulent strain of Coronavirus, C.1.2., the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has called for all international passengers arriving from Europe, China, South Africa, Bangladesh, China and the Middle East to present a negative RT-PCR report from September 3.