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India records 1.32 lakh new Covid cases, 3,207 deaths; Total cases 2.83 crore

By Saima Siddiqui 
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India records 1.32 lakh new Covid cases, 3,207 deaths; Total cases 2.83 crore

New Delhi: Daily cases of coronavirus in India saw a rise with 1,32,788 more people testing positive, while, daily fatalities jumped by around 400 in the last 24 hours with 3,207 died of Covid-19 complexities, taking the total number of deaths to 3,35,102 lakh, said the Union health ministry on Wednesday morning. India has so far logged 2.83 crore total Covid cases, official data this morning showed.

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New recoveries have surpassed the recorded cases for the 20th straight day as 2,31,456 were discharged between Tuesday and Wednesday. This has taken the total number of discharges to 2,61,79,085 and the recovery rate to 92.09%.

The number stood at a 50-day low of 1,27,510 on Tuesday. With the new addition of cases, the cumulative caseload in the country has reached 2,83,07,832.

As a result, there are 17,93,645 active cases in India currently, declining by 101875 in the last 24 hours.

As the country battles the second wave of Covid, the WHO has said only one strain of the Covid-19 Delta variant first detected in India is now considered “of concern”. “It has become evident greater public health risks are currently associated with B.1.617.2, while lower rates of transmission of other lineages have been observed,” the WHO said, a news agency reported.

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Notably, India has tested 35,00,57,330 samples for Covid-19 until now, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Out of these, 20,19,773 samples were tested on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the centre is trying to pace up the vaccination drive after setting an ambitious goal of vaccinating the entire country by the end of this year. The country has so far administered 21,85,46,667 anti-Covid jabs. Among these, 23,97,191 doses were given in the last 24 hours.

While speculations were being raised about a change in the schedule of Covidshield jabs again, the health ministry on Tuesday reiterated that it will continue to be two doses only.

After the first Covishield dose is administered, the second dose will be given after the gap of 12 weeks.

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Furthermore, one crore Covid vaccines will be available every day by mid-July, or early-August, ICMR chief Dr Balram Bhargava said Tuesday afternoon.

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