Fresh cases of Covid-19 in India dropped for a second day, albeit marginally, at a time the country’s healthcare system continued to battle an unprecedented outbreak.
Over 3.68 lakh people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 3. Active infections crossed 34 lakh for the first time ever.
More than 3,000 patients succumbed to the illness for the sixth straight day, overwhelming the country’s crematoriums and burial grounds. That took the total death toll above to 2.18 lakh.
- Total confirmed cases: 1,99,25,604
- Total number of active cases: 34,13,642
- Total patients cured/discharged: 1,62,93,003
- Total deaths: 2,18,959
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 3,68,147
- One-day recoveries: 3,00,732
- One-day deaths: 3,417
The central government will supply 59.7 lakh vaccine doses to states and union territories for free over the next three days. So far, the centre has provided 16.54 crore shots.
To be sure, this stock is only to be used for vaccinating those over 45 years of age. States and private hospitals have to procure vaccines from manufacturers directly for administering it to 18-44 year olds.
The Health Ministry also clarified that it has placed additional orders for 11 crore doses of Covishield with Serum Institute of India and 5 crore jabs of Covaxin with Bharat Biotech Ltd.
Read more about India’s vaccine stock and pipeline here.