The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday informed that India has been witnessing a constant decline in new Coronavirus cases for the last 20 days. The national recovery rate has increased from 85.6 per cent to 90 per cent with more people recovering from the infection. Twenty Four states have seen a drop in Covid active cases since last week.
Covid testing has also increased manifold in the country, the ministry added.
"Overall recoveries are now exceeding the number of cases being reported daily. The recovery rate has increased from 85.6% to 90% now, it's a positive indication," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, during the daily briefing.
Meanwhile, Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul noted that India is on a downswing of the second covid wave.
“We are on a downswing of the second wave of Covid-19 and believe that it will be sustained even when restrictions are significantly relaxed,” he said.
“A steady decline in new Covid-19 cases has been recorded in India for the last 20 days. Twenty-four states have also reported a decline in active COVID-19 cases since last week,” the ministry said.
Reacting to the incident of administering the wrong vaccine dose in Uttar Pradesh, Dr Paul said, "Our protocol is clear that both doses given should be of the same vaccine. This matter should be investigated. Even if this has happened it should not be a cause of concern."
Furnishing more information on the possible adverse effects of taking the second dose of a different Covid vaccine, the ministry said, “If the second dose of a different Covid vaccine is taken, any significant adverse effect is unlikely, but we need more scrutiny and understanding in this regard.”