India Reports 38,949 Fresh Infections; Third Wave Expected to Arrive soon

Story Highlights
  • Active caseload currently at 4,30,422
  • Third-wave to be less destructive than second and speculated to hit the country by the end of August
  • WHO alerts the spread of “more dangerous" variants of COVID-19 citing the ongoing surge

New Delhi: India recorded 38,949 fresh infections in the past 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry reported. Meanwhile, it is expected that, the third wave of Covid is likely to hit the country at the end of August.

The recovery rate at 97.28 per cent accounted for 40,026 recuperations in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 3,01,83,876. The daily positivity rate stood at 1.99 per cent, less than 3 per cent for 25 consecutive days. 

The active caseload currently stands at 4,30,422 accounting for 1.39 per cent of the total number of cases. 1619 active cases were reported in the last 24 hours. However, the mortality rate recorded at 1.33 per cent reported 542 fatalities, taking the cumulative death toll to 4,12,531.

 The third wave of Covid is likely to hit the country at the end of August but may not be as devastating as the second wave, Dr Samiran Panda, Head of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research informed.

 The World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday that “more dangerous” variants of COVID-19 could spread across the world as global infections soared to half a million daily, largely driven by the virulent Delta strain. 

ICMR in the last 24 hours tested 19,55,910 infected samples. So far, 44,00,23,239 infected samples have been tested since the outbreak. Ministry of Health reported administration of vaccines to 39.53 crore beneficiaries under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.

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