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Covid-19: India sees dip in daily cases, death toll surges all time high

New Delhi: India has recorded 3,48,421 new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 24-hour. In the same time, the country also reported 4,205 deaths due to Covid, highest till date, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

In the past 20 days India’s daily Covid tally has plateaued over the three-lakh-mark and over 3,000 casualties for a fortnight. However, on a positive note, the country has reported below 4, 00,000 for the third day in a row.

India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,33,40,938 with 37,04,099 active cases and 2,54,197 deaths so far.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,55,338 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 1,93,82,642 being cured from Covid till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 17,52,35,991 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 24,46,674 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 30,75,83,991 samples have been tested up to May 11 for Covid-19. Of these 19,83,804 samples were tested on Tuesday.

Close to 90 per cent of India is witnessing a high Covid positivity rate as 640 districts out of the 734 are above the national threshold level of 5 per cent positivity rate, the centre said on Tuesday. 

The World Health Organization has said that a variant of Covid-19 behind the acceleration of India’s explosive outbreak has been found in dozens of countries all over the world. The UN health agency said the B.1.617 variant of Covid-19 had been detected in more than 4,500 samples uploaded to an open-access database “from 44 countries in all six WHO regions”.

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Meanwhile, overall global Covid-19 caseload has topped 159.3 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 3.31 million, according to the Johns Hopkins University.

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