New Delhi: Twenty more people have tested positive for the new coronavirus strain in India, taking the total tally to 58 in the country. “The total number of cases infected with the new strain of the novel Coronavirus first reported in the UK now stands at 58,” news agency ANI quoted Union Health Ministry as saying. Also Read - Can an Individual Get Two Different Doses of Coronavirus Vaccine?
It informed that all those who tested positive have been kept in single room isolation in designated healthcare facilities by respective state governments. Their close contacts have also been isolated. “Comprehensive contact tracing has been initiated for co-travellers, family contacts and others. Genome sequencing on other specimens is going on,” the ministry added. Also Read - Bolsonaro Likens COVID-19 Vaccine to 'Sanjeevani Booti', Thanks PM Modi After Consignment of Covishield Arrives in Brazil
Of the total 58, 25 cases have been registered at National Institute of Virology, Pune; 11 at CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, Delhi; 10 at National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences, Bengaluru; 8 at the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC); 3 at Cellular and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad; 1 at National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, West Bengal.
Meanwhile, the COVID-19 active caseload remained below 3 lakh for the 15th consecutive day. There are 2,31,036 active coronavirus infections in the country which comprises 2.23 per cent of the total caseload.
India recorded 16,375 new cases of coronavirus, the lowest in over six months, while the death toll soared to 1,49,850, with 201 new fatalities. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 99,75,958, pushing the national recovery rate to 96.32 per cent.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.