Karnataka eases Covid curbs; Third wave could pass by mid-March, says Minister Maha

Highlights of today’s data

– 1,49,394 new cases, 1,072 new deaths, 2,46,674 new recoveries, 98,352 falls of active cases

– The total number of COVID-19 deaths in India surpasses the 5 lakh mark. Average of 720 deaths/day since first reported death

– Deaths (including backlog) above 1k for 4th consecutive day

– New cases below 1.5 lakh. Low in 27 days

– Kerala reports 42,677 new cases, Karnataka 16,436, Maharashtra 15,252

– Kerala reports 601 new deaths (including 441 in arrears), Maharashtra 75, Punjab 40

– 31 states/UTs are reporting an increase in active cases

– The difference between new cases reported in the last 7 days and the previous 7 days in India is -35% (world average is -12%)

– 55.58 lakh of new vaccines. 168.47 crore in total. 7.90 lakh of the 18+ population received their first dose yesterday, 25.27 lakh the second dose. 5.31 lakh of 15-18 year olds received their first dose yesterday, 12.80 lakh the second dose. 4.29 lakh received the precautionary dose yesterday. 72.08 crores fully vaccinated

– 16.12 lakh new tests. Daily test positivity rate for all India: 9.27% ​​(10.99% the day before)

– Daily test positivity rate: Kerala 37.24%, Mizoram 30.91%, Himachal Pradesh 20.44%

– Test positivity rate (weekly average): Kerala 43.78%, Mizoram 29.02%, Pondicherry 23.50%

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