India’s fresh COVID-19 cases fall further to 38,628; 617 fatalities reported

India reported 38,628 new COVID-19 cases and 617 deaths in the last 24 hours.

With this, the total coronavirus cases in the country jumped to 3,18,95,385 with overall fatalities at 4,27,371.

40,017 people recovered taking the total recoveries to 3,10,55,861.

Active cases constitute 1.29 per cent of total cases while the weekly positivity rate remains below 5 per cent and is currently at 2.39 per cent.

“Daily positivity rate stands at 2.21 per cent which is less than 3 per cent for last 12 days. Testing capacity substantially ramped up – 47.83 crore tests total conducted,” the Ministry of Health said.

On Friday, India had reported 44,643 new cases and 464 deaths.

So far, 50,10,09,609 Indians have been vaccinated with Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that India’s fight against coronavirus received strong support from the people.

“India’s fight against COVID-19 receives a strong impetus. Vaccination numbers cross the 50 crore mark. We hope to build on these numbers and ensure our citizens are vaccinated under #SabkoVaccineMuftVaccine movement,” the PM said in a tweet.

The Union government rolled out a vaccination drive on January 16 with healthcare workers (HCWs) getting inoculated. The vaccination of frontline workers (FLWs) started on February 2.

The next phase of vaccination commenced from March 1 for those over 60 years of age and people aged 45 and above with specified co-morbid conditions.

Amid rising coronavirus cases, India launched vaccination for all people aged above 45 years from April 1 and decided to expand the vaccination drive by allowing everyone above 18 years of age to be vaccinated from May 1.

Meanwhile, Chief scientist of the World Health Organization (WHO) Dr Soumya Swaminathan warned people against lowering their guard against the coronavirus and urged them to strictly follow appropriate protocols for another six months.

“I know everybody is tired, everyone wants to meet their family, organise parties. But this is not the time to let down your guard. Let’s be careful for another six months. By then, if the vaccination coverage is very high, then things should definitely start improving,” she said.


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