India Logs Record 4,205 Covid Fatalities, 3.48 Lakh Cases In 24 Hours

Health ministry data this morning showed that India’s total death count passed the 2.5 lakh-mark.

Hitting a new grim record in fatalities due to Covid-19 disease, India logged 4,205 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country, battered by the second wave of the pandemic, reported 3,48,421 fresh cases.

Since May 5, India has recorded nearly 30 lakh infections of Coronavirus. Health ministry data this morning showed that India’s total death count passed the 2.5 lakh-mark.

19,83,804 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, the most in a day since the pandemic broke. 24,46,674 vaccine doses were administered in a new record since India began the world’s largest vaccine drive on January 16, the government data showed.

Although doctors and experts have been stressing about ramping up vaccination drive to fight the disease, state governments have been scrambling to arrange adequate doses of vaccines. While Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Odisha have already taken the global-tender route to procure the jabs, Delhi and southern states are also considering the same.

The government on Tuesday said nearly 90 per cent of the country is witnessing a high positivity rate, stressing that 640 districts out of the 734 are above the national threshold level of five per cent.

The B.1.617 variant of the virus, that has been credited for the explosion in cases of infection in India, has been found in 44 countries, the World Health Organization has said, days after labelling it as “a variant of concern”. The variant was first found in India in October.

Shocking visuals have emerged from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar of dead bodies being dumped in the river Ganges, sparking a blame game between two states. As per locals, ambulance drivers have been throwing bodies of Covid patients into the river.

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