New Alert: Active Cases Increased to 9,55,319, in 211 days !

The pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 has continued to haunt humanity over the last two years, and has created panic, anxiety, economic disruption, and a compromised ability to learn. It has also raised concerns about many long-term impacts of Long Covid and mental health, which may be hard to measure. The development of vaccines against a new virus in less than a year will go down in history as one of the greatest achievements in science. With more than 20 vaccines approved worldwide, and about 9.3 billion doses having been rolled out, this is by far the largest vaccination drive ever in the world. But this huge achievement, sadly, has also laid bare one of the darkest facets of the modern world of haves and have-nots. While many rich countries have more than 80% of their population fully vaccinated, in some poor countries more than 80% of their populations have remained unvaccinated. With high rates of infection, low vaccine coverage and poor infrastructure for surveillance, the virus has a free hand to evolve into more infectious mutants and remain undetected in several poor countries.

India added 1,94,720 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,60,70,510 which includes 4,868 cases of Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday. The active cases increased to 9,55,319, the highest in 211 days, while the death toll climbed to 4,84,655 with 442 fresh fatalities, the data updated at 8 am stated. Of the total 4,868 cases of Omicron variant, 1,805 people have recovered or migrated so far.Maharashtra recorded the maximum number of 1,281 cases followed by Rajasthan at 645,Delhi 546, Karnataka 479 and Kerala 350.The active cases comprise 2.65 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate decreased to 96.01 per cent, the ministry said.A total 2,11,298 coronavirus infections were reported in a single day on May 26. An increase of 1,33,873 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of two crore on May 4 and three crore on June 23. Speaking at the National Youth Festival via video conferencing, PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday stated that over two crore children in the 15-18 years age group have been vaccinated with Covid-19 doses, so far. The drive to inoculate teenagers began on January 3 across the amid a surge in coronavirus infections.

All efforts to contain the virus should be continued with vigour, including vaccination and Covid-appropriate behaviour. If a large part of the world remains mostly unvaccinated, the virus will find fertile grounds to evolve to counter human efforts to stop the pandemic. It is in human hands to make sure that all scientific tools needed for controlling the pandemic are available, not only in some resource-rich countries but everywhere in the world.

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