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June 22, 2021, 12:44 pm
India reported fewer than 50,000 (42,640) new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the lowest one-day peak in 91 days.
The number of active infections fell below seven lakh for the first time in 79 days.
Meanwhile, the number of daily deaths fell to a low of 68 days.
However, experts argue that people should avoid becoming complacent for fear that a third wave of COVID-19 will strike India soon.
India’s tally reaches 2.99 crore; more than 3.89 lakh dead
According to the Union Ministry of Health, as of Tuesday morning, India has reported a total of 2 99 77 861 cases of COVID-19. The death toll reached 3.89,302.
So far, 2,89,263,038 patients have recovered, while 6,622,521 cases involve active infections.
In the past 24 hours alone, India recorded 42,640 new infections, 81,839 additional discharges and 1,167 new deaths.
28,87,66,201 doses of vaccine have been administered to date.
67% of new cases concentrated in 5 states
Maharashtra has reported 6,270 new cases of COVID-19 as well as 13,758 additional recoveries.
Karnataka, the second most affected state after Maharashtra, reported 4,867 new cases and 8,404 exits.
The third worst-affected Kerala added 7,449 new cases and 13,596 recoveries.
Tamil Nadu, the fourth worst-affected state, reported 7,427 new cases and 15,281 recoveries.
Andhra Pradesh has reported 2,620 new cases and 7,504 recoveries.
Record number of vaccine doses administered yesterday
On a related note, the country administered a record 85.96 lakh doses of COVID-19 vaccine doses on Monday – the first day of India’s new vaccination policy. The previous record was 45 lakh doses administered in early April.
Experts said The time of India that India must administer a dose of one crore per day to immunize its entire adult population (95 crore) by December.
India plans to step up vaccinations in July-August
India has only fully vaccinated 3.9% of its population. During this time, more than 17% of the population received the first injection – 82% of the doses given are the first injection.
In terms of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered per 100 people, India ranks 16th among the 30 most populous countries in the world.
Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Monday that the government would step up vaccinations in July-August.
Less effective vaccines against variants; consistently high efficiency: WHO
Separately, the World Health Organization (WHO) technical officer for COVID-19, Maria Van Kerkhove, said on Monday that COVID-19 vaccines are less effective against the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants, citing a study published in The Lancet.
“That said, these vaccines are still very effective. They produce enough antibodies to protect against serious illness and death,” Van Kerkhove added.