New Delhi: As several states across India are undergoing unlocking process after a month long strict lockdown, country’s single day Covid tally once again surge as 92,596 people tested positive for the deadly infection, the Union health ministry said on Wednesday. This marks a slight uptick in the new reported cases after falling to a 63-day low of 86,498 on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, fatalities due to coronavirus complexities saw a slight increase in the last 24 hours too, with 2,219 more people succumbing to the disease. The number stood at 2,123 on Tuesday. With this, the death toll due to Covid-19 in the country has climbed to 3,53,528.
Whereas, India’s cumulative caseload has reached 2,90,89,069, while, on the brighter side, the country has outnumbered newly reported cases once again as the positivity rate now stands at 4.67%. India has recorded a positivity rate below 10% for 16 consecutive days now.
Around 1,62,664 people have been discharged between Tuesday and Wednesday. This has taken the total number of discharges to 2,75,04,126.
As a result, the active tally dipped below 12,31,415, decreasing by 72,287 in the last 24 hours.
With cases on the decline due to extended periods of lockdown, most states have started reopening and have relaxed restrictions.
Delhi, which began ‘unlocking’ from Monday, reported 316 new cases in the last 24 hours, and logged 41 deaths over the same time period.
Among the northeastern states, Tripura added most cases in a day at 625, while Manipur reported most deaths at 12.
While the positivity rate in the second wave is now far lower than the first-wave peak, the number of active cases still remains higher than last year, an indicator of the long trail left behind by the second wave.
India has tested 37,01,93,563 samples for Covid-19 until now, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Out of these, 19,85,967 samples were tested on Tuesday. As many as 18,73,485 tests were carried out in the preceding 24-hour period.
The country has so far administered 23,90,58,360 anti-Covid jabs. Among these, 27,76,096 shots were given in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry.
After a raging shortage that forced shut vaccine centres in many states, the central government has said that it is in discussion with American pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna over their Covid-19 vaccines. The centre has ordered 44 crore doses of Covid vaccines, which will be available from August. These doses will be delivered between August and December 2021, the Union Health Ministry has said.
“Approval to Pfizer and Moderna is under consideration,” said Dr VK Paul, member (health) of Niti Aayog.
He informed that Pfizer has indicated its vaccines will likely be available in July.
Further, the central government said that has ordered 44 crore doses of Covid vaccines, which will be available from August. These doses will be delivered between August and December 2021, the Union health ministry said.