Day by day Deaths Climb Again To 4,000; New Infections Keep Above Three Lakh

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India’s daily coronavirus deaths rose to more than 4,000 in a day as the deadly pathogen spread at an aggressive pace due to a lack of critical health infrastructure and vaccines, raising concerns that the world’s fastest growing outbreak is the nascent would affect the country’s economic recovery.

India reported 4,077 casualties in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 2.7 lakh in the world’s second worst infected country. This comes from the Ministry of Health’s update from May 16 at 8 a.m.

New Covid-19 infections remained above 3 lakh for a week with the total number of cases being 2.47 crore. While this is fewer than the 4 lakh new infections reported as of last week, India is still adding more coronavirus cases in one day than any other country since the pandemic began.

The one-day recoveries outpaced new infections for the third day in a row. This helped the active cases, which accounted for nearly 15% of the total number of cases, to stay below 37 lakh for the second day in a row. The South Asian nation of 130 million people only lags behind the US in terms of the number of confirmed infections.

Key figures:

  • Total Confirmed Cases: 2,46,84,077

  • Total number of active cases: 36,18,458

  • Total number of patients cured / discharged / migrated: 2,07,95,335

  • Total deaths: 2,70,284

  • Number of new cases in the last 24 hours: 3,11,170

  • One day restores: 3,62,437

  • One-day deaths: 4,077

However, data on Covid-19 cases and related deaths can be seriously flawed due to inadequate testing and chronic underreports in several states and attributing victims to other causes.

Among the states that have seen massive increases in some cases, Maharashtra has extended the current strict restrictions, and added some additional restrictions, such as: B. Any person entering the state must submit a negative RT-PCR test report by 7 a.m. on June 1, 2021.

Delhi has also extended the lockdown, which should end on May 17th, for another week. During this time, the underground services were discontinued. Karnataka and Tamil Nadu will also be closed for two weeks, effective May 10, while West Bengal will be closed from May 16-30.

India has now vaccinated a total of 18.2 million people. The country has widened the gap between two doses of Covishield, the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made in the country by the Serum Institute.

The guidelines come at a time when the central government’s supply of vaccines has dried up, prompting states to prioritize secondary doses for those over 45 by stopping vaccination for those ages 18-44.

Based on available data from practice, particularly from the UK, the Covid-19 working group has agreed to extend the dosing interval between the two Covishield doses to 12 to 16 weeks, according to the Ministry of Health. However, no change to the interval was proposed for Covaxin.

Read more about India’s vaccination schedule …

Global update

Globally, coronavirus cases exceeded 16.2 crore with more than 33.6 lakh deaths.

  • Singapore plans to vaccinate children under the age of 16 after a recent surge in Covid-19 infections among students in the island nation.

  • Still battling a larger outbreak caused in part by a variant of the virus, Brazil will restrict flights from India, the UK and South Africa to avoid the spread of a strain first found in India.

  • The UK plans to double the rate of vaccination to get up to 1 million shots a day, in part to combat the rapid spread of a variant of the virus first found in India.

  • Total infections in the US continued to decline to their lowest level since early fall.

More global updates can be found here …