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Covid: 1.32 Lakh Fresh Cases In India, 3,207 Deaths In 24 Hours

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India’s total tally of Covid-19 cases surged to 2,83,07,832 with 1,32,788 new infections, while the recoveries have surged to 2,61,79,085, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The Covid-19 death toll climbed to 3,35,102 with 3,207  fresh deaths.

The active cases were recorded below 20 lakh for the second consecutive day, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Also, 20,19,773 tests were conducted on Tuesday taking the total cumulative tests conducted so far for detection of Covid-19 in the country to 35,00,57,330, while the daily positivity was recorded at  6.57 per cent. It has been less than 10 per cent for nine consecutive days, the ministry said.

The weekly positivity rate has declined to 8.21  per cent.

The active cases have reduced to 17,93,645 comprising 6.34 per cent of the total infections, while the national Covid-19 recovery rate has improved to 92.48 per cent.

A net decline of 1,01,875 cases has been recorded in the Covid-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Recoveries continue to outnumber daily new cases for 20th consecutive days. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,61,79,085, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.18 per cent, the data stated.

India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh n August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past  60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore on May 4.

Meanwhile, the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) has relaxed rules for importing Covid-19 vaccines doing away with rules that mandate bridging clinical trials and testing of each batch of imported vaccines in the country.

This will pave way for Pfizer, Moderna, and other companies developing vaccines to sell their vaccines in India almost the same time as they launch them in the country of origin.

States like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir have already started gradual (partial) unlocking in their respective states with virus infections under control. While Delhi has extended the curfew on the movement of individuals in the city till 5 am on 7 June, it allowed factory and construction activities. Haryana will be under lockdown for one more week but the state has relaxed the restrictions on shop timings and malls. Uttar Pradesh has lifted curfew from 64 districts. But states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Goa have extended lockdown/restrictions in their respective states in order to limit the spread of virus infections.

With PTI inputs

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