Covid News Live Updates: India has recorded 173 new coronavirus infections, while the active cases have declined to 2,670, according to Union health ministry data updated on Monday. The total tally of Covid cases has been recorded at 4.46 crore (4,46,78,822) and the death toll stands at 5,30,707 with two fatalities -- one reconciled by Kerala and one reported by Uttarakhand -- in the last 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am stated.

The active cases comprise 0.01 per cent of the total infections, while the national recovery rate has increased to 98.80 per cent, according to the ministry's website.

The ministry said a decrease of 36 cases has been recorded in the active Covid caseload in a span of 24 hours. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has increased to 4,41,45, 445, while the case fatality rate has been recorded at 1.19 per cent, it said.

The ministry on its website stated that 220.10 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered in the country so far.

FAQ's for COVID 19

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms can include fever, cough and shortness of breath. In more severe cases, infection can cause pneumonia or breathing difficulties. More rarely, the disease can be fatal.

These symptoms are similar to the flu (influenza) or the common cold, which are a lot more common than COVID-19. This is why testing is required to confirm if someone has COVID-19. It’s important to remember that key prevention measures are the same – frequent hand washing, and respiratory hygiene (cover your cough or sneeze with a flexed elbow or tissue, then throw away the tissue into a closed bin).

How can I avoid the risk of infection?

1. Wash your hands frequently using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub.
2. Cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue when coughing or sneezing. Dispose used tissue immediately.
3. Avoid close contact with anyone who has cold or flu-like symptoms.
4. Seek medical care early if you or your child has a fever, cough or difficulty breathing.

Should I wear a mask?

The use of a mask is advised to protect others even if you have no symptoms.

After masks are worn, they must be used and disposed of properly to ensure their effectiveness and to avoid any increased risk of transmitting the virus.

The use of a mask alone is not enough to stop infections and must be combined with frequent hand washing with soap and maintaining physical distance.

(inputs from unicef)

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