New Delhi: India has logged 801 new coronavirus infections and eight fatalities in the last 24 hours, while the active cases have dipped to 14,493 from 15,515, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data updated on Monday (May 15). The COVID-19 case tally in the country was recorded at 4.49 crore. The active cases now comprise 0.03 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has been recorded at 98.78 per cent, the union ministry said.
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Earlier on Sunday (May 14), the country recorded 1,272 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths in the last 24 hours. The active caseload in the country stood at 15,515, the union health ministry reported. A total of 2,252 people had recovered from the disease, and the recovery rate stood at 98.78 per cent.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 4.44 crore while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.18 per cent. According to the Union Ministry, nearly 220.66 crore doses of COVID vaccine have been administered in the country so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.
The COVID numbers in the country has been seeing a downward trend lately. As far as the world is concerned, earlier this month, the World Health Organization announced that Covid is no longer a “public health emergency of international concern, or PHEIC” – the highest possible status under international health regulations, which was first applied to Covid on January 30, 2020.
After WHO’s announcement, a research report lists down the learnings the world should take to avoid another pandemic in the future. It states that while the acute phase of the pandemic appears to have passed, this must still be balanced with continued response efforts aligned with the ongoing risk posed by the ever-evolving SARS-CoV-2.
The report also states that many people, mostly in low- and middle-income countries, still struggle to access COVID-19 vaccines, diagnostics and treatments. Others, such as the immuno-compromised, remain subject to severe health outcomes. It said, “With the impact of COVID-19 continuing to disproportionately affect vulnerable populations worldwide, the pandemic remains far from over.”
Underlining the critical and challenging process of learning lessons from the pandemic, the report said that the governments must ensure that “moving on” does not mean losing the opportunity to capture critical insights that will determine the effectiveness of future pandemic preparedness and response. It also added that the biggest lessons has been the failure of countries to co-ordinate on many aspects of the global COVID-19 response, such as access to vaccines and use of travel measures. The report further stated that the need for collective action during global public health emergencies like COVID-19 has only been reinforced by the past three years.
It added, “Previous outbreaks of concern, notably SARS-CoV-1 and H1N1, initially prompted new attention and investments in pandemic preparedness. However, these efforts were not sufficiently sustained. Whether and to what extent current efforts will compel countries to act in the collective interest is the crux of the issue. Meanwhile, a new pandemic may already be on the horizon as the global and interspecies spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza is raising growing alarm. The adoption and now lifting of the PHEIC declaration during the COVID-19 pandemic, and actions taken by governments in between, offer clear lessons if the world is willing to learn them.”
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(With inputs from ANI and PTI)
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