Covid-19 India News Highlights: India’s daily positivity rate was at 1.07 per cent on Monday, up from 0.71 per cent. The weekly positivity rate, too, saw a marginal increase from 0.68 per cent to 0.70 per cent.
Active Covid-19 cases in the country climbed to 19,500 in the 24 hours ending 8 am Monday, despite a dip in the daily infections. On Sunday, the country had 19,092 active cases. India recorded 3,157 new Covid-19 infections, down from the previous day’s 3,324. As many as five Covid-related deaths occurred in the last 24 hours, while 21 others were reported to reconcile figures, data shared by the Union Ministry of Health showed.
The Supreme Court Monday stated that the Centre’s Covid-19 vaccination policy “cannot be said to be unreasonable or manifestly arbitrary” after reviewing the material filed before it. The apex court, however, disapproved of vaccine mandates for now. Observing that no data was placed by the Union government to counter the petitioner’s data showing that the “risk of transmission of the virus from unvaccinated individuals is almost at par with the vaccinated persons”, the Court said, “restrictions on unvaccinated individuals imposed through various vaccine mandates by the states governments/union territories cannot be said to be proportionate.”