According to the Union health ministry’s dashboard, India reported 401,078 new cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on Saturday, bringing the total number of cases to over 21.8 million. On Friday, a total of 4,187 people died from the disease, bringing the total number of people who have died to 238,270, with a fatality rate of 1.09 per cent.
So far, more than 17.9 million people have been reunited with their families, while active cases total 3,723,446 and account for approximately 17% of the total caseload.
After the United States (US) and Brazil, India is the third country to have reported over 4,000 deaths in a single day. On January 12, the United States had the highest single-day death toll from Covid-19, with 4,490 deaths, according to worldometers.info.
On the other hand, India saw 414,188 new cases on Friday, the world’s largest single-day increase on that day.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, more than 1.8 million samples were screened in the country in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of samples tested to 30,04,10,043. (ICMR).
India’s health system is already overburdened, and the country is struggling to control the spread of the Covid-19 disease during the pandemic’s deadlier second wave. Owing to the unprecedented regular increase in cases and deaths, states and union territories have confirmed a shortage of hospital beds, oxygen supplies, critical Covid-19 medications, and ventilators for several weeks.
The country is facing a third wave of infections, which the Centre said can be prevented if strong anti-Covid-19 steps are taken and implemented effectively at the state, district, and city levels.
K Vijay Raghavan, the country’s principal scientific advisor, told a press conference that the “insidious asymptomatic transmission” can be prevented if precautions, surveillance, containment, care, and testing are pursued.
He further added, “ “The guidance about precautions, about surveillance, about containment, about treatment and about tests. This insidious asymptomatic transmission can be stopped if we follow the guidelines. This sounds difficult, it is difficult and we can and must do it.”
Raghavan’s comments come two days after he cautioned that as Covid-19 mutates, the third wave of infections is imminent and that being prepared for new waves of the virus is critical.