India reports 38,667 new cases and 478 deaths in last 24 hours


Guwahati: India today reported 38,667 fresh COVID-19 cases, which is 3.6 per cent lower than yesterday’s cases. The daily test positivity rate was at 1.73 per cent, which has been less than 3 per cent for last 19 days.

In the country, there are 3,87,673 active cases at present while as many as 3,13,38,088 people have recovered from the disease. The weekly positivity rate is at 2.05 per cent. The ministry said a total of 53.61 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far.

Meanwhile, over 50 per cent paediatric oxygen beds, approved under the Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package, being rolled out to prepare in advance for a probable third wave will be set up in six states that predominantly have rural and peri-urban population, as per the final plan approved on Friday.

The rural parts of the country were among the worst hit during the peak of the second wave of the pandemic.

Under the final plan of the package, six states will get 60 percent of 75,218 beds that will be set up to augment the three-tier healthcare systems up to the village level. The six states are Uttar Pradesh (11,770), Bihar (9,920), Andhra Pradesh (9,596), Odisha (8,206), Assam (7,320), and Jharkhand (5,798).