Coronavirus LIVE Updates: In the past 24 hours, India has reported 19,740 new cases pushing the active caseload at 2,36,643- lowest in 206 days, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the past week, Pune accounted for 21% of Maharashtra’s new cases followed by Ahmednagar with 18% and Mumbai with 16%.
In Kerala, the government has decided to add 7,000 deaths to the state's Covid-19 toll amid criticism for alleged under-reporting. The addition would take the state's Covid-19 death toll from 26,000 to 33,000, as of Saturday.
Kerala Health Minister Veena George said 7,000 cases had gone unreported in official data for want of relevant records. Pune also has the highest number of active Covid-19 cases in the state followed by Mumbai and Ahmednagar.
Meanwhile, the national capital recorded zero deaths due to Covid-19 on Friday and 39 fresh cases were reported, with a positivity rate of 0.06%. data from Delhi shows that last month only five Covid-19 -related deaths were reported and one fatality due to coronavirus infection has been recorded so far this month. The death toll due to the novel coronavirus infection in Delhi stands at 25,088.
A Lancet study revealed that cases of depression and anxiety surged by more than a quarter globally during the first year of the pandemic, especially among women and young adults. In the first worldwide estimate of the mental health impact of Covid-19, researchers estimated that 2020 saw an additional 52 million people suffer from major depressive disorder, and an additional 76 million cases of anxiety. These represent a 28- and 26-percent increase in the two disorders respectively, according to the study, published in The Lancet medical journal.