The third wave of the coronavirus is likely may take a maximum of three more weeks, even though the share of rural districts in new caseloads has increased significantly since December, says a report.
India's capital New Delhi will lock down over the weekend as authorities grapple with a fresh surge in coronavirus cases, partly fuelled by the fast-spreading Omicron variant.
Passengers from those countries would be put under quarantine if they showed symptoms of COVID-19 or tested positive, Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
Mansukh Mandaviya announced the new rule in Parliament, where he also urged state governments to increase surveillance for any new coronavirus variants and send samples of all positive cases to genome sequencing laboratories.
According to data released by the ministry the active cases declined to 4,06,822 in the said time period. The national Covid-19 recovery rate improved to 1.29 per cent, it stated. The number of active cases fell by 5,331.
The federal health ministry said on Monday the deaths rose by 447, taking total fatalities to 428,309. The number is slightly lower than yesterday's 39,070 cases.
According to the ministry's data the fresh cases, the overall tally has reached 31,969,954.
India’s health ministry says an analysis of 183 Omicron variant infections showed that 87 were in fully vaccinated people and three involved individuals who had booster doses.
In the coastal state of Goa, hugely popular as a tourist destination for its beaches and offshore casinos, hotels are running at nearly 90% occupancy, with some 90 flights landing in the western state daily, pushing air traffic volumes back to pre-pandemic levels.
The country has registered 27,176 cases, pushing the total COVID-19 cases so far to 3,33,16,755, while 284 new fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours on Wednesday.