India added 41,383 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, while the death toll from COVID-19 rose by 507. According to the Health Ministry, the total case load of the country is now 3.12 crore, while the total death toll is 4.18 lakh.
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India’s test positivity rate (positive cases identified for every 100 tests) continues to decline. For the 31st day in a row, it is below 5 per cent at 2.12 per cent.
Around 2,224 active cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the number to 4.09 lakh. So far, around 3.04 crore people have been cured across the country, taking the recovery rate to 97.35%. Now for the 43rd consecutive day, the number of people recovering from new cases is increasing every day.
More than 20 lakh vaccine doses were given in the last 24 hours. The Health Ministry said that the total dose administered in the country has so far exceeded 41.76 crore.
Kerala contributed 17,481 cases to the country’s daily tally. It is followed by Maharashtra (8,159 cases).
Delhi recorded a positivity rate of 0.09 per cent and 62 coronavirus cases among four fatalities, according to a health bulletin released on Wednesday. It said that 61 patients have been cured of the infection in the last 24 hours.
For the first time, three different forms of COVID-19 – delta, alpha and beta – have been detected in 75 coronavirus cases in Mizoram, health officials said. The samples were sent for genome sequencing at the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani in West Bengal in June this year.
India has registered over 45,000 cases of the deadly “black fungus” in the last two months. Junior Health Minister Bharti Praveen Pawar told Parliament on Tuesday that more than 4,200 people died of the fungus – scientific name mucormycosis.
The government aims to vaccinate all adults by the end of this year. So far, four vaccines – Covishield, Covaxin, Russia’s Sputnik V and Moderna – have been approved for use in the country.
India is among the five member states of the World Trade Organization (WTO), which will produce three-fourths of the entire global production of COVID-19 vaccines this year, a top official of the world body said. “Production remains highly centralized – about 75 percent of this year’s vaccines come from the five WTO members – China, India, Germany, the United States and France,” WTO Director-General Ngoji Okonjo-Iwela said on Wednesday.
In the US, the country most affected by the pandemic, the average life expectancy has dropped by 1.5 years in 2020, according to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The report said life expectancy at birth for the total US population was 77.3 years, down from 78.8 in 2019 and the lowest since 2003.