The situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the States for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing

A total of 20 persons have been found positive in India with the mutant variant of SARS- CoV-2 virus reported from the UK. However, the government said that the situation is under careful watch.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family affairs, 107 samples were tested in the 10 labs.

The government of India has constituted the INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) comprising 10 labs (NIBMG Kolkata, ILS Bhubaneswar, NIV Pune, CCS Pune, CCMB Hyderabad, CDFD Hyderabad, InSTEM Bengaluru, NIMHANS Bengaluru, IGIB Delhi, NCDC Delhi) for genome sequencing.

“The situation is under careful watch and regular advice is being provided to the States for enhanced surveillance, containment, testing and dispatch of samples to the INSACOG labs,” the Health Ministry said.

About Covid-19, the ministry noted that the daily recoveries have outnumbered the daily new cases since the last 33 days successively.

In the last 24 hours, 20,549 persons were found to be COVID positive in the country. During the same period, 26,572 new recoveries were registered to ensure a drop in the Active Caseload.

India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 98,34,141 that has led to a high Recovery Rate of nearly 96% (95.99%). The gap between recoveries and active cases is consistently widening (95,71,869), said the statement.

Meanwhile, India’s total Active Caseload of 2,62,272 consists of just 2.56 percent of India’s Total Positive Cases. The new recoveries have led to a net decline of 6,309 in the Total Active cases.

When compared globally, India's Cases per million population are amongst the lowest in the world (7,423). Countries such as Russia, Italy UK, Brazil, France, and the USA have much higher cases per million population.

Further, the ministry noted 78.44 percent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 States/UTs.

Maharashtra has reported the maximum number of single-day recoveries with 5,572 newly recovered cases followed by Kerala with 5,029 people recovered and 1,607 in Chhattisgarh.

Of the 20,549 active cases, 79.24 percent are from 10 States and Union Territories. Kerala reported the highest daily new cases at 5,887 followed by Maharashtra with 3,018 new cases. West Bengal recorded 1,244 new cases.

Meanwhile, 286 case fatalities have been reported in the past 24 hours with 79.37 percent from ten states/UTs. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (68). West Bengal and Delhi follow with 30 and 28 daily deaths, respectively.

“Focussed measures including aggressive and targeted testing, early identification of the positive cases, timely isolation & prompt hospitalization of the severe cases (and supervised home isolation of the mild cases) & Standard Treatment Protocol have collectively ensured that the daily fatalities are under 300,” the health ministry said.

Daily deaths in India are on a sustained decline. Deaths per million population in India (107) are amongst the lowest in the world, it said.