Fresh cases of Covid-19 in India dropped for a third day at a time the government is scrambling to ramp up its vaccination programme.
Over 3.57 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 4, taking the total number of confirmed cases above 2 crore.
More than 3,000 patients have succumbed to the illness daily for a week now, overwhelming the country’s crematoriums and burial grounds. That took the total death toll above 2.22 lakh.
- Total confirmed cases: 2,02,82,833
- Total number of active cases: 34,47,133
- Total patients cured/discharged: 1,66,13,292
- Total deaths: 2,22,408
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 3,57,229
- One-day recoveries: 3,20,289
- One-day deaths: 3,449
The Indian Council of Medical Research has issued an advisory on Covid-19 testing to reduce the load on laboratories that are seeing overwhelming demand.
The suggestions include removing the need for RT-PCR test for “healthy individuals” travelling from one state to another and for patients that have recovered at the time of hospital discharge.
Slow Start To Phase 3 Vaccination Drive
Only 12 Indian states have started vaccinating 18-44 year olds against Covid-19 in the third phase of the country’s inoculation drive.
In the four days since the country’s vaccine programme was expanded, over just 6.6 lakh individuals aged between 18-44 years have been administered their first dose, according to data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are the only states that have administered over 1 lakh doses to 18-44 year-olds in the first four days.