New Delhi: The day after India detailed the lowest COVID19 cases in 125 days, the country has seen a slight surge in the past 24 hours. According to a report from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday morning (July 21, 2021), India logged 42,015 new coronavirus infections.
The Joint Ministry of Health also revealed that there were 3,998 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, of which 3,656 were backlogs in Maharashtra. So far, the total number of cases has risen to 31,216,337, of which 30,390,687 were cured and 418,480 died. On the other hand, India has so far received 41.54 crore doses of vaccine.
Meanwhile, ICMR’s fourth national COVID19 serosurvey showed that two-thirds of Indians have developed antibodies against SARS CoV2, but there are still 40 crore people in a vulnerable state. Serological surveys conducted in June and July found that the overall seroprevalence rate was 67.6%. It involved more than 28,975 people (adults and children), in addition to 7,252 medical staff, distributed in 70 regions in 21 states, and the first three rounds were also conducted.
At a press conference on the COVID19 situation on Tuesday, ICMR CEO Balram Bhargava said that the survey results showed a glimmer of hope, but there was no room for complacency. Appropriate COVID and community involvement should be maintained.
Early Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with the leaders of all political parties in both houses of Parliament and told them that “the pandemic should not be a political issue.” Briefing floor leaders on the public health response to COVID19, Prime Minister Modi also spoke about efforts to ensure that there is an oxygen plant in every region of India.
The Prime Minister also briefed leaders on the acceleration of the country’s vaccination program, saying that the mutation makes COVID19 “very unpredictable” and that everyone must come together to fight the disease.