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India’s daily Covid cases cross 30K after 4 days, surge in deaths too

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India reported 30,570 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, 12.4 per cent higher than Wednesday. The number of deaths during the last 24 hours has been 431, higher than recent daily numbers.

This is the second consecutive day when the country has witnessed a surge in daily cases, according to the Union Health Ministry’s report released on Thursday.

Also, daily Covid cases in the country crossed the 30,000 mark after four days. The country reported 27,176 on Wednesday, 25,404 on Tuesday, and 28,591 on Monday.

India also witnessed a spike in daily Covid deaths in the last 24 hours. Daily Covid related deaths for the last few days have been between 300 and 350. On Thursday it reported 431 deaths, pushing the total fatalities so far to 4,43,928.

The fatality rate has remained at 1.33 per cent for the last few days, according to the health ministry’s data.

The current active cases in the country stand at 3,42,923, which is 1.03 per cent of the total Covid infections reported in the country since early 2020.

In the same time span, a total of 38,303 Covid-infected patients have recovered, pushing the country’s total recoveries to 3,25,60,474. The Covid recovery rate rose to 97.64 per cent on Thursday, as per the Ministry’s data.

The weekly positivity rate was reported at 1.93 per cent, which is less than 3 per cent for the last 83 days, while the daily positivity rate was 1.94 per cent, which remained below 3 per cent for the last 17 days.

India has so far tested a total of 54.77 crore (54,77,01,729) Covid samples, out of which, 15,79,761 were conducted in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.

Till date, the country has administered over 76.57 crore (76,57,17,137) doses of Covid vaccines, out of which 64,51,423 jabs were given in the last 24 hours, the data showed.

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India logs 14,306 fresh Covid cases, 443 deaths

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 In the last 24 hours, India registered 14,306 new Covid-19 cases and 443 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

The new fatalities have increased the death toll to 4,54,712.

The recovery of 18,762 patients in the last 24 hours has increased the cumulative tally to 3,35,67,367. Consequently, India’s recovery rate stands at 98.18 per cent, currently at its highest peak since March 2020.

The active caseload stands at 1,67,695, which is the lowest in 239 days.

Active cases presently constitute 0.49 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, the lowest since March 2020.

Also in the same period, a total of 9,98,397 tests were conducted across the country.

India has so far conducted over 60.07 crore cumulative tests.

Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate at 1.24 per cent has remained less than 2 per cent for the last 31 days now.

The daily positivity rate stands at 1.43 per cent, which has also remained below 2 per cent for last 21 days and less than 3 per cent for 56 consecutive days now.

With the administration of 12,30,720 vaccine doses in the last 24 hours, India’s Covid inoculation coverage has reached 102.27 crore as of Monday morning,

This has been achieved through 1,01,52,393 sessions.

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One falls to death as fire breaks out in 61-storey Mumbai building

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 A fire erupted on the 19th floor of a 61-storey residential building in south Mumbai, sending panic waves among the residents and resulting in the death of one person, here on Friday, officials said on Friday.

The blaze broke out in the Avigna Park building in Currey Road around noon, with thick clouds of smoke billowing out, sending the residents scurrying out to safety.

One panicky man was seen coming out of the burning floor, hanging onto a ledge, losing balance and falling to his death below. He was identified as Arun Tiwari, 30, according to the BMC Disaster Control.

At least 15 fire-tenders rushed to the spot and battled the conflagration, attempting to stop the flames from spreading to the higher floors, while Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar went and oversaw the rescue operations.

A majority of the residents managed to evacuate themselves, including several senior citizens and children, though two persons are feared trapped inside.

The cause of the blaze, tentatively believed to be due to a short-circuit, is being probed and the building reportedly has all fire-safety measures in place, said the residents.

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India achieves major milestone of ‘one billion’ vaccinations

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India on Thursday achieved the major milestone of 100 crore vaccination-mark, nine months after the nationwide inoculation programme was started to protect the people against Covid-19.

The CoWin portal mentioned that a total of 100 crore vaccine doses has been administered so far to the eligible population under the vaccination drive in India.

India’s vaccination drive against the Covid pandemic was launched on January 16, 2021. The healthcare workers were the first ones to get ones. Later, the frontline workers were also included in the drive from February 2. The state and central police personnel, Armed Forces, Home Guards, Civil Defence and others were included in the vaccination drive.

The vaccination drive was expanded from March 1 to include people above 60 years of age and those above 45 years with associated specified comorbidities. From May 1, the vaccination drive was thrown open to all above 18 years of age.

Prime Minister Modi said in a tweet, “India scripts history. We are witnessing the triumph of Indian science, enterprise and collective spirit of 130 crore Indians. Congrats India on crossing 100 crore vaccinations. Gratitude to our doctors, nurses and all those who worked to achieve this feat.

Congratulating the nation on this historic moment, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said in his tweet, “Congratulation India! Under the visionary Prime Minister Narendra Modi, it has been achieved”.

As India has achieved this historical landmark, the health ministry has planned several events to mark the occasion. The Health Minister will release a song and an audio visual film to celebrate the milestone of administering 100 crore Covid-19 vaccine doses. Mandaviya will release the film and song at the Red Fort later in the day. In another event, Modi will visit the centre-run Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in Delhi.

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