India recorded 41,806 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, a slight increase from Tuesday’s 38,792. On Wednesday, the country also saw 581 Covid-related deaths. In India, there are currently 4,32,041 active cases. Kerala remains the leading contributor, with 15,637 new cases reported — the most in more than a month.
According to a consortium of government panels involved in coronavirus genome sequencing, the AY.1 and AY.2 sub-lineages of the highly contagious Delta variant of the novel coronavirus are unlikely to be more transmissible than Delta itself. The Indian Sars-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium (INSACOG) reported in a recent bulletin that cases of Delta sub-lineages AY.1 and AY.2 are declining globally, with near-zero cases in the last week of June in the UK and the US, where they were most commonly detected.
“Neither AY.1 nor AY.2 is likely to be more transmissible than Delta,” the INSACOG said, adding that there is no evidence of a rising trend in the four clusters of Ratnagiri and Jalgaon in Maharashtra, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh, and Chennai in Tamil Nadu.
The Union Health Ministry raised the issue of violations of Covid-19 norms in many parts of the country, particularly hill stations, with the states on Thursday, emphasizing the need for targeted public health measures to contain the pandemic. In a letter to all states and UTs, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan warned that complacency at this time could lead to another spike in coronavirus cases. “Violations of Covid norms have been observed throughout the country, particularly in hill stations, public transportation, and markets.” Needless to say, such complacency at this point has the potential to result in an increase in cases,” he said.