Union Health Ministry today said that the country is registering a continuous decline in daily cases of COVID-19 and further increase in rate of recovery from infection.
Addressing media in New Delhi this evening, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said that continuous decline in daily cases is being noticed since India reported a peak with nearly four lakh 14 thousand cases on 7th of May.
He said, now almost 91 per cent decline in daily new cases has been noticed since the highest reported peak in daily new cases. He said, in the last 24 hours, only 37 thousand 566 cases of corona infection were reported.
Mr Agarwal also informed that till 4th of May, there were 531 districts in the country which were reporting over 100 cases daily, now the number has come down to 111 districts.
He informed that till 10th of May there were over 37 lakh active cases in the country and after that a continuous decline in such cases were noticed and now, it has come down to the level of 5.52 lakh showing a decline by 85 per cent.
On recovery rate from the infection, Mr Agarwal said that the country is also witnessing a consistent increase in recovery rate.
He said, on 3rd of May, the overall recovery rate was 81.8 per cent and now, it has reached the mark of 96.9 per cent.
On testing of samples, there is continued focus on testing while a sharp decline in cases is being observed.
He said, currently tests of COVID-19 on average is being conducted on a daily basis as the cases are on a decline. He said, there currently 565 districts in the country where the case positivity rate is less than five per cent .
Mr Agarwal said, till 3 P.M. today, Indian has crossed the vaccination coverage of 33 crore mark.
He also informed that in rural areas, the vaccination coverage from 1st of May to 24th of June is 9.72 crore doses which comprises 56 per cent of the total vaccination while in urban areas the coverage stands at 7.68 crore doses which is 44 per cent.
Mr Aggarwal also informed that India is taking a distinct lead in total vaccine doses administration in the world. He informed that where as US took 193 days to reach 32 crore mark, India took only 163 days to cover it.
Moderna COVID vaccine has been granted restricted emergency use authorisation by India’s drug regulator. Briefing media, Niti Aayog Member(Health) Dr. V. K. Paul said, this new drug permission is for restricted use.
He said, Moderna will be administered in two doses. Dr Paul said, there are four vaccines now – Covaxin, Covishield, Sputnik V and Moderna – and government will soon close the deal on Pfizer as well.
He added that 51 cases of Delta Plus variant have been reported in 12 states.
These are Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Orissa, Rajasthan, Jammu, Karnataka and Haryana.