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India’s Covid toll crosses 2.5-lakh mark with 4,205 deaths, cases up by 3.48 lakh in a day

India recorded 3,48,421 fresh Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours along with 4,205 deaths, the highest single-day toll so far. Meanwhile, Maharashtra has once again reported the highest cases a day after Karnataka soared ahead.

 

With 4,205 deaths, India’s cumulative Covid toll has now crossed the 2.5-lakh mark and reached 2,54,197. India’s total Covid tally has now reached 2,33,40,938 while the active cases are at 37,04,099.

1. Top five states which have registered the maximum cases in the country are Maharashtra with 40,956 cases, followed by Karnataka with 39,510 cases, Kerala with 37,290 cases, Tamil Nadu with 29,272 cases and Uttar Pradesh with 20,445 cases.

 

2. Of the total 3.48 lakh cases, 48.06% have been reported from these five states with Maharashtra alone responsible for 11.75% of the cases.

 

3. With 4,205 deaths in 24 hours, India has reported the highest single-day death toll in the country so far. Maximum casualties have been reported from Maharashtra (793), followed by Karnataka (480). India’s total death toll has now crossed the 2.5-lakh mark.

4. Delhi’s fresh cases are over 12,500 while the positivity rate has also gone 20 percent. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has said the lockdown in Delhi has been effective in reducing the number of daily cases. Covid cases have also started to fall in Tamil Nadu.

 

5. Meanwhile, as the country struggles with the huge caseload, daily deaths and a constant battle for hospital beds and oxygen supply, several states have said that they will be forced to shut vaccination centres due to lack of supply.

6. On Tuesday, the Centre asked states and UTs that those eligible for the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine should be given priority and that vaccination wastage should be minimised. Maharashtra added that the state will be halting vaccination of 18+ adults due to the supply shortage.

 

7. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has said the Centre and the state governments are doing everything possible to tackle the Covid-19 crisis, while asserting that only those who perform commit mistakes.

 

8. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has meanwhile said that the Indian variant of Covid-19, B.1.617, has been found in 44 nations so far and among them, Britain has reported the highest number of cases caused by this strain.

 

9. WHO has declared the Indian variant of Covid-19 a ‘variant of concern’ at the global level. While UK has said it is closely monitoring the Indian variant.

 

10. The expert panel for Covid-19, Subject Expert Committee, has now recommended the Covaxin shot to undergo phase 2/3 trials on children in the age group of 2-18 years.

 

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