Has second wave peaked? Under-3 Lakh cases for third day

Daily recoveries outnumber daily new cases for the 6th consecutive day

GN Bureau | May 19, 2021


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Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inspecting the newly installed oxygen plant and the construction progress of new prefabricated COVID Blocks, at Safdarjung Hospital, in New Delhi on Wednesday
Health minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan inspecting the newly installed oxygen plant and the construction progress of new prefabricated COVID Blocks, at Safdarjung Hospital, in New Delhi on Wednesday

India’s devastating second wave seems to be waning, as the number of daily cases remained below 3 lakh for the third consecutive day on Wednesday and the daily positivity rate declined to 13.31%. About 20 lakh tests were conducted in 24 hours, which is a new record, even as above 64 lakh beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group have been vaccinated.

Also, daily recoveries outnumber daily new cases for the sixth consecutive day. As many as 3,89,851 recoveries were registered in the 24 hours to Wednesday morning, according to an official bulletin.

The only downside was that the number of fatalities over the 24 hours was 4,529 – the highest so far in India. The country’s total death toll thus reaches 2,83,248.

India’s cumulative recoveries have reached 2,19,86,363. The national recovery rate has grown further to touch 86.23%. Ten states account for 74.94% of the new recoveries.

Continuing the positive trend, India recorded 2,67,334 new cases were registered in the 24 hours. Ten states reported 74.46% of the new cases in these 24 hours. Tamil Nadu reported the highest daily new cases at 33,059, followed by Kerala with 31,337 new cases.
 
On the other front, India’s total active caseload has decreased to 32,26,719. A net decline of 1,27,046 is witnessed in the last 24 hours. It now comprises 12.66% of the country's total positive cases. Eight states cumulatively account for 69.02% of India’s total active cases.

About 20.08 lakh tests were conducted in the 24 hours, which is the highest ever conducted in a single day in the world, while the daily positivity rate has declined to 13.31%. Over 32 crore tests have been conducted so far across the country.

The cumulative positivity rate stands at 7.96%.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has reached 18.58 crore today under the Phase-3 of the nationwide vaccination drive.

A total of 18,58,09,302 vaccine doses have been administered through 27,10,934 sessions, as per the provisional report till 7 am Wednesday. These include 96,73,684 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 66,59,125 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 1,45,69,669 frontline workers (FLWs) (1st dose), 82,36,515FLWs (2nd dose), 64,77,443 beneficiaries in the 18-44 age group (1st dose), 5,80,46,339 (1st dose) and 93,51,036 (2nd dose) beneficiaries aged 45 to 60 years.5,48,16,7671stdose beneficiaries and 1,79,78,7242nd dose beneficiaries of more than 60 years old.

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