Active caseload Lowest in 197 Days, UK Strain Cases up to 102

NEW DELHI, Jan 13: The number of persons found to be positive with the new U.K. variant genome in India has gone up to 102, the union health ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry said India’s active caseload had fallen to 2.14 lakh (2,14,507).

“The share of active cases in the total positive cases has shrunk to 2.04%. This is the lowest after 197 days. The total active cases were 2,15,125 on 30th June, 2020. A net decline of 2,051 cases has been recorded in the total active cases in the last 24 hours,” said a statement from the Ministry.

The Ministry also said the massive country-wide exercise of COVID-19 vaccination drive scheduled to kick-start from January 16 would be based on the principles of people’s participation (Jan Bhagidari) and utilise the experience of elections (booth strategy) and the Universal Immunization Program (UIP).

Meanwhile, an official spokesman said on Wednesday that the Gujarat police have collected fines worth Rs 3.63 crore between January 8 and 11 from people violating the mask rule for COVID-19 prevention and those spitting in public.

The fine for not wearing a mask in public places in the state is Rs 1,000.

On an average, around 9,000 people were fined every day from January 8 to 11 for the COVID-19 related violations in Gujarat, the state police said in a release.

(Manas Dasgupta)




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