India’s tally for daily COVID-19 cases have put people in concern as it added 12,213 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, witnessing a 38.4 per cent jump from 8,822 cases recorded yesterday (June 15). This is the first time since February 26 that the viral infections have crossed the 10,000-mark in a day, according to the data by Health Ministry.
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Here are the top seven things to know about coronavirus surge in India:
1. According to the Health Ministry, India’s active COVID-19 case load currently stands at 58,215, and accounts for 0.13 per cent of the total infections
2. Talking about the death toll, eleven virus-related deaths have been reported in the country – three from Kerala, two from Maharashtra, and one each from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh
3. The national capital – New Delhi recorded 1,375 new Covid cases on Wednesday (June 16) bringing the positivity rate to 7.01 per cent, according to data shared by the health department. No deaths were reported in the city but this was the second consecutive day that Delhi has recorded over 1,100 cases in a day. In total, more than 7,100 coronavirus cases have been reported in the city in last 10 days. Doctors and other medical experts cautioned people to not lower their guard and follow all Covid-appropriate behaviour
4. Another city that is recording a sudden surge in COVID numbers is Mumbai. The financial capital reported 2,293 new COVID-19 infections, which is the highest daily count since January 23. One fresh death linked to the infection was also reported, the city civic body said
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5. Overall, Maharashtra recorded 4,024 new coronavirus cases, a 36 per cent rise over the previous day, and two pandemic-related deaths, the state health department said. June 16 COVID case count was the highest since February 12 when the state had recorded 4,359 cases
6. According to an official statement by the Health Department of Maharashtra, four new cases of B.A.5 variant of coronavirus have been detected in the state. New B.A.5 cases were reported from Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai and Pune, and all four patients were in the age group of 19 to 36 years
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7. Talking about the recovery, India reported 7,624 recoveries in the last 24 hours. According to the data shared by Health Ministry, the national recovery rate was 98.65 per cent
NDTV – Dettol have been working towards a clean and healthy India since 2014 via the Banega Swachh India initiative, which is helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. The campaign aims to highlight the inter-dependency of humans and the environment, and of humans on one another with the focus on One Health, One Planet, One Future – Leaving No One Behind. It stresses on the need to take care of, and consider, everyone’s health in India – especially vulnerable communities – the LGBTQ population, indigenous people, India’s different tribes, ethnic and linguistic minorities, people with disabilities, migrants, geographically remote populations, gender and sexual minorities. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign will continue to raise awareness on the same along with focussing on the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children, fight malnutrition, mental wellbeing, self care, science and health, adolescent health & gender awareness. Along with the health of people, the campaign has realised the need to also take care of the health of the eco-system. Our environment is fragile due to human activity, which is not only over-exploiting available resources, but also generating immense pollution as a result of using and extracting those resources. The imbalance has also led to immense biodiversity loss that has caused one of the biggest threats to human survival – climate change. It has now been described as a “code red for humanity.” The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollution, waste management, plastic ban, manual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene. Banega Swasth India will also be taking forward the dream of Swasth Bharat, the campaign feels that only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and the country can become a Swasth or healthy India.