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4,194 more corona deaths, over 2.57 lakh new cases in India

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New Delhi, May 22 (MNN) India on Saturday reported 2,57,299 new coronavirus cases and 4,194 more deaths in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry data showed.

There are now 29,23,400 active cases in the county, a net decrease of 1,04,525 cases in the last 24 hours. The active cases account for 11.12 per cent of the total 2,62,89,290 cases.

The corona death toll has gone up to 2,95,525, which is 1.12 per cent of the total tally.

The discharged patients total 2,30,70,365 (87.76 per cent of total), including 3,57,630 who recovered in the last 24 hours.

So far, 19,33,72,819 vaccine doses have been administered, including 14,58,895 in the last 24 hours. The Indian government said that more than 20,66,285 tests in the last 24 hours were done on Friday.

On May 21, 2,59,551 new cases and 4,209 more deaths were recorded in India.

While the new daily cases are witnessing a decline, daily deaths continue to be a matter of concern.

The government said India recorded less than 3 lakh daily new cases for the sixth consecutive day.

India’s daily recoveries were more than daily new cases for the ninth consecutive day whereas more than 20 lakh tests were done for the fourth consecutive day.

Ten states accounted for 73.46 per cent of the new recoveries.

Ten states reported 78.12 per cent of the new cases in last 24 hours, with Tamil Nadu leading at 36,184, followed by Karnataka at 32,218.

Eight states cumulatively accounted for 69.94 per cent of India’s total active cases.

Ten states accounted for 66.30 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country.

The government said that it had so far provided 21,33,74,720 coronavirus vaccine doses to states and Union Territories in both free and direct state procurement categories.

The total consumption, calculated on the basis of average up to May 21, including wastage, was 19,73,61,311 doses as per the data available at 8 am on Saturday.

More than 1.60 crore coronavirus vaccine doses (1,60,13,409) were still available with the states/UTs for use.

As many as 2,67,110 vaccine doses would be given to the states/UTs in the next three days.

The Indian government said that the implementation of the liberalised and accelerated Phase-3 strategy for vaccination had started from May 1, under which 50 per cent of total Central Drugs Laboratory-cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by it.

It would continue to make these doses available to the states free of cost, as was done earlier.

The government said it had been supporting the states and UTs in the nationwide vaccination drive by providing them free vaccines and by facilitating direct procurement by the states/UTs.

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