New Delhi: India on Sunday reported 3,11,170 new COVID-19 cases, the lowest 24-hour count in 19 days, pushing the country’s cumulative caseload to 2,46,84,077.The last time the country saw the lowest single-day COVID figure was on April 27 when 3,23,144 cases were reported.
The country recorded 4,077 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 2,70,284, according to the Union Health Ministry’s latest data.the total number of recoveries has climbed to 2,07,95,335 with 3,62,437 patients getting discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours.the active caseload in the country has increased to 36,18,458, the data updated at 8 am showed.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 31,48,50,143 samples have been tested up to May 15 with 18,32,950 samples being tested on Saturday.
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-Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a high-level meeting to review India’s Covid situation. India’s testing capacity has increased significantly from around 50 lakh tests per week in early March to around 1.3 crore tests per week now, he was told.
-The Prime Minister suggested “localised containment strategies are the need of the hour specially for states where TPR (test positivity rate) is high”. He also told officials to ensure rural parts get supply of medical oxygen, states are not pressured to supress Covid figures and vaccination drive is ramped up.
-A two-week lockdown starts today in West Bengal. All offices and educational institutions will be shut down during this period; only emergency services will be allowed. The state recorded the highest daily Covid deaths on Saturday at 144.
-Oxygen concentrator banks have been set up in every district of Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday. Special teams will arrange delivery of the oxygen concentrators at doorstep of Covid patients under home isolation, he added. Delhi recorded nearly 6,500 infections in the last 24 hours, lowest in over a month.
-While Maharashtra has been witnessing a drop in Covid infections, the state saw 960 deaths in the last 24 hours. Mumbai, which has been praised for bringing its coronavirus numbers down in the last two weeks, reported 1,447 cases. Pune remains one of the worst-hit districts.
-Nearly 40 per cent of Covid-linked deaths in Punjab have been recorded in the last 44 deaths, news agency PTI reported. Punjab had reported a total of 6,868 deaths due to the infection as on March 31. The overall death count has now crossed the 11,000-mark. Ludhiana is one of the worst-hit districts in the state.
-Coronavirus vaccinations have practically come to a halt in Kashmir with many districts reporting zero doses administered on Saturday. Many states have said they’re running low on stocks. The government, however, has said nearly 200 crore doses will be arranged till the end of this year.
-Assam government on Saturday announced further restrictions in urban areas, banning movement of people and vehicles from 12 noon to 5 am to contain the spiralling COVID-19 cases.
-The first doses of Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine were administered in India on Friday in a soft launch that is expected to be scaled up in the coming days. This is India’s third vaccine after Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin and Serum Institute’s Covaxin.