Coronavirus India Updates: New Infections Drop For Third Day Amid Phase 3 Vaccination

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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.

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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.

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Key Numbers:

  • 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.

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