India added 43,509 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours while deaths from COVID-19 rose by 640.The country’s overall case load now stands at 3.14 crore, while total fatalities are at 4.22 lakh, according to the health ministry. Active cases have again crossed the four lakh mark.
India’s test positivity rate (positive cases identified for every 100 tests) continues to remain below the 5 per cent-mark at 2.38 per cent.
At least two-third of the population in 11 states have developed coronavirus antibodies, according to the findings of a serosurvey by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Madhya Pradesh leads the chart with 79 per cent seroprevalence while Kerala is at the bottom with 44.4 per cent. Seroprevalence in Assam is 50.3 per cent and Maharashtra 58 per cent, the findings of the surey done between June 14 and July 6 revealed.
Over 45 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the country so far, the health ministry said.
More than 39 Lakh vaccine doses were administered on Wednesday, it said.
Saudi Arabia has announced a three-year travel ban and hefty penalties on citizens who visit countries on the kingdom”s COVID-19 red list, including India.
“Travelling to the banned countries is an obvious violation of COVID-19 related travel restrictions and the Kingdom”s updated instructions,” the Gulf News on Tuesday quoted a report by the state-run Saudi Press Agency (SPA) as saying.
Nearly 194 million people are affected by COVID-19 worldwide, the World Health Organisation said, adding that infections have risen by 8% in the last week. The number of coronavirus deaths globally jumped by 21% during the period, it said. Most of the 69,000 deaths were reported in the Americas and Southeast Asia.