In the latest update from the Health Ministry, India has recorded a single-day rise of 10,929 new COVID-19 cases taking the tally to 3,43,44,683, and 392 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Now, the total death count of the country is 4,60,265.
Bringing comfort, India’s daily rise in new coronavirus infections has been below 20,000 for 29 straight days and less than 50,000 daily new cases have been reported for 132 consecutive days now.
The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.35 per cent. It has been less than two per cent for the last 33 days. The weekly positivity rate was also recorded at 1.27 per cent. It has been below two per cent for the last 42 days, said the ministry.
The total number of vaccinations given have exceeded 107.92 crores.
Meanwhile, a new study of the Veterinary Record has found that pets can be infected with the alpha variant of SARS-CoV-2 and is commonly known as the UK variant or B.1.1.7. This particular variant rapidly outcompeted pre-existing variants in England due to its increased transmissibility and infectivity.