New Delhi: In a grim milestone, India saw 4,529 more people succumbing to novel coronavirus, highest ever since the onset of the pandemic, said Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in its latest update. Meanwhile, in the same time, the country also reported 2,67,533 new cases. On Tuesday, India recorded 2.63 lakh fresh cases, lowest since April 21. On May 7, the country had recorded its highest ever cases of 4,14,188.
While Maharashtra continues at the top with the highest deaths so far, the western state has been surpassed by Karnataka for largest number of cases being reported last week.
Positivity rate is higher than 15 per cent in 22 states, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said in a tweet last evening. India’s average positivity rate stood at 13.31 per cent this morning.
India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,54,96,330 with 32,26,719 active cases and 2,83,248 deaths so far.
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,89,851 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 2,19,86,363 being cured from Covid till date.
The Health Ministry said that a total of 18,58,09,302 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 13,12,155 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 32,03,01,177 samples have been tested up to May 18 for Covid-19. Of these 20,08,296 samples were tested on Tuesday.
NITI Aayog’s Dr VK Paul on Tuesday said clinical trials for the 2-18 age group will begin in the next 10-12 days.
Top US health expert Dr Anthony Fauci, along with several other officials, said vaccines available in the United States are effective against the variant first detected in India, news agency PTI reported.