Health News, National, New Delhi, July 31:-With a single-day rise of 41,649 new cases, India’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 3,16,13,993 on Saturday (July 31), while the death toll due to the viral disease shot up to 4,23,810 with 593 more people succumbing to it, the Union health ministry said. The number of active coronavirus cases in the country registered an increase for the fourth consecutive day, according to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am.
New cases of Coronavirus which were declining in Tamil Nadu for more than two months have started to rise marginally in the last two days. The new cases rose by 100 and reached 1,859 on Thursday. The cases further rose to 1,947 on Friday. Coimbatore, where industries are back to work and Chennai are seeing small clusters that are contributing to the rise in cases.
Thirty-one districts reported new infections in double digits. There were no fresh deaths in 19 districts, the bulletin said. A total of 1,57,074 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. This pushed the cumulative number of specimens examined to 3,71,28,408 till date.
Over 2.3 lakh pregnant women have received the first dose of Covid vaccine in less than month since the vaccination was allowed for them, the government said. Tamil Nadu has vaccinated the largest number of pregnant so far (78,838) followed by Andhra Pradesh (34,228), Odisha (29,821) and others. The numbers are significant since the pregnant women are among the high-risk population as change of developing the disease due to Covid-19 leading to preterm delivery and complications in both the mother and child are higher.
India’s Covid-19 graph continues to show a rise as the country reported 44,230 new cases on Friday, the highest in three weeks, amid fear of the third wave of infections. The spread of virus which had eased off after peak in May, has forced Kerala into weekend lockdown while the North-eastern states is reporting rise in infections.
The R-factor, which indicates the speed at which COVID-19 infection is spreading in the country, has inched up in the past week with Kerala and the Northeastern states reporting a steady rise in cases. Kerala has been reporting over 22,000 cases for three days now and accounts for more than 37 per cent of India’s active cases. The southern state continues to have an R-value around 1.11
-NAV, Inputs: Agenccies