India on Friday, 18 February, recorded a slight decline in new cases with 25,920 fresh COVID infections, 66,254 recoveries, and 492 deaths in the last 24 hours.
India's active COVID-19 cases stood at 2,92,092 with 2.07 percent positivity rate. A total of 174.64 crore COVID vaccine doses having been administered so far.
The country's death toll stood at 5,10,558.
Night curfew, from 12 am to 5 am, will be enforced in only two cities of Gujarat, Ahmedabad and Vadodara, from 18-25 February, Gujarat Chief Minister's Office announced on Thursday.
The global coronavirus caseload has topped 419.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.86 million and vaccinations to over 10.30 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.
‘Cannot Lower Our Guards’: Niti Aayog
Niti Aayog member Dr VK Paul stated on Friday, "We can see that the surge has settled, but we must also know that there are cases at a significant number. Hopefully, it will be sustained but we cannot lower our guards. There should be a complete watch that we are ready for any eventuality."
He added, "We invited other vaccine manufacturers to collaborate with our scientists and develop vaccines on our soil. Later they manufactured vaccines and offered us to buy them demanding sovereign immunity waiver, but this was not acceptable to the government," news agency ANI reported.
Delhi Reports 607 New COVID Cases
Delhi recorded 607 new COVID-19 cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours on Friday. Active case currently stand at 2,775.
Maharashtra Reports 2,068 New COVID Cases
Maharashtra reported 2,068 new cases and 15 deaths on Friday. Active cases currently stand at 21,159.