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Highlights of the Covid-19 news from India: India’s daily positivity rate was 1.07 percent on Monday, up from 0.71 percent. The weekly positivity rate also rose marginally from 0.68 percent to 0.70 percent.

Active Covid-19 cases in the country rose to 19,500 in the 24 hours to 8am Monday, despite a drop in daily infections. As of Sunday, the country had 19,092 active cases. India recorded 3,157 new Covid-19 infections compared to 3,324 the previous day. Up to five Covid-related deaths have occurred in the past 24 hours, while 21 more have been reported to bring the numbers in line, data from the Union Department of Health showed.

The Supreme Court said Monday that the center’s Covid-19 vaccination policy “cannot be characterized as inappropriate or manifestly arbitrary” after reviewing the material submitted to it. However, the Supreme Court rejected vaccination orders for the time being. Noting that the Union government has not provided any data to counter the petitioner’s data showing that the “risk of transmission of the virus from unvaccinated individuals is almost as high as that from vaccinated individuals”, the Court said, “through various restrictions imposed on unvaccinated individuals. Vaccination mandates by state/union territory governments cannot be characterized as proportionate.”

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