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India logs 13% decline in Covid cases

  • Published at 01:13 pm August 7th, 2021
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A health worker inoculates a woman with a dose of the Covishield vaccine against the Covid-19 during a vaccination drive being held at a civil hospital in Jind, Haryana, India, June 1, 2021 AFP

The country’s toll rose to 4,27,371 as it recorded 617 deaths

India on Saturday registered 38,268 new Covid-19 cases, taking the tally of infections to 3,18,95,385 since the pandemic broke out in January last year. The new cases were 13.47% lower than Friday’s count of 44,643.

The country’s toll rose to 4,27,371 as it recorded 617 deaths in the last 24 hours-- a 33% rise compared to 464 fatalities recorded on Friday. The number of active cases stood at 4,12,153, while the tally of recoveries reached 3,10,55,861.

The number of vaccine doses administered in India has crossed 50 crore. Union minister Bharati Pawar said the milestone was a matter of great pride, according to ANI.

The minister added that the production of vaccines in the country has increased and this will help the government inoculate people in a better way. “Initially, around 2.5 lakh vaccines were produced per day,” she said. “Today it has increased to around 40 lakhs per day.”

However, the Centre has been facing criticism for the shortages of vaccine doses in India. A Scroll.in analysis in June also showed that there were huge disparities in vaccine coverage among various districts.

Presently, the country is using the Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for its vaccination drive. On Friday, Serum Institute’s Chief Executive Officer Adar Poonawalla said the company hoped to launch a Covid-19 vaccine for children by the first quarter of 2022.