Maintaining the steady decline in daily cases, India recorded 84,332 new Covid cases, lowest in over two months and 4,002 deaths due to the virus in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry on Saturday. Today’s cases mark the lowest in the country in 73 days. This is the fifth consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh Covid cases.
With new additions, India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,93,59,155 3,67,081 deaths so far. There are 10,80,690 active cases in the country.
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 1,21,311 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, taking the total discharge to 2,79,11,384 till date.
A total of 24,96,00,304 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 34,33,763 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said.
The Indian Council of Medical Research has not yet given data as to how many tests were were done in the last 24 hours, till filing of this report.
Here’s more updates:
*Indian Medical Association says 719 doctors died during second wave of Covid-19 pandemic; maximum 111 doctors lost their lives in Bihar, followed by Delhi (109)
*Karnataka’s noted Kannada Dalit poet and activist Siddalingaiah died due to Covid-related complications at a private hospital in the city on Friday. He was 67.
*The US State Dept Coordinator for COVID19 Response and Health Security, Gayle E Smith told news agency ANI that India will receive additional vaccines from America. “With India, we’re part of something called QUAD via which we’re making an investment to increased production capacity in India. India will be receiving additional vaccines from the US,” she said.
*Italy on Friday suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for people under 60 years old, health officials announced at a weekly press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic
Meanwhile, the overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 174.7 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.78 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.