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India's Covid-19 tally crosses 28m as daily cases fall

  • Published at 04:40 am May 31st, 2021
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File photo: Rohan Aggarwal, a resident doctor treating patients suffering from the coronavirus, talks to a colleague while tending to a patient during his 27-hour shift at Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi on May 1, 2021 Reuters

India reported its lowest daily rise in new coronavirus infections since April 11 on Monday

India's Covid-19 tally surpassed the 28 million-mark on Monday, reaching 28,047,534 with 152,734 new cases reported in the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

The daily spike of new cases has been falling over the past couple of weeks. Besides, as many as 3,128 deaths since Sunday morning took the overall death toll to 329,127, reports UNB citing Xinhua.

There are still 2,026,065 active cases in the country, as there was a decrease of 88,416 cases in the past 24 hours. 

The number of daily active cases has been on the decline over the past few days, after a continuous surge since mid-April.

A total of 25,692,342 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals so far across the country, showed the latest data from the federal health ministry.

On Monday, India's Serum Institute will increase production of AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccines by nearly 40% in June, officials said, in the first step towards alleviating a shortage that has worsened the country's battle with coronavirus.

The Serum Institute of India, the world's biggest manufacturer of vaccines, will make 90 million doses of AstraZeneca in June from about 65 million a month now, a company spokesman told Reuters.

Most of the shots administered in India are AstraZeneca, but local firm Bharat Biotech also plans to ramp up production of its Covaxin vaccine to 23 million in June from about 10 million in April, a government official said.

"There will be a gradual build-up of vaccines," said the official, who is involved in the approval of vaccines.

Only about 3% of India's population is fully vaccinated and about 12% have got the first shot and are waiting for the second. 

State governments, including in the capital Delhi, have reported an acute shortage of vaccines and some are inoculating only the elderly and frontline workers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has faced criticism for donating vaccines to neighbouring countries and further afield early this year as part of a diplomatic initiative.

"The very possibility of a second wave was not considered serious enough, and all aspects of the pandemic response bore the brunt, including vaccination," the New Delhi-based Observer Research Foundation said in a report on the vaccine rollout on Monday.

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