With daily Covid-19 casualty count dropping to double figures for the first time since mid-May last year, India is heading in the right direction.
Having recently completed a year since its first Covid-19 case was reported in Kerala, and a little over two weeks into the start of its mass immunisation drive, India has today reported just 94 Covid deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest since May 14 last year.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said the overall toll has reached 1,54,486 as 8,635 new Covid-19 cases on February 1 continued the low streak – and the overall tally mounted to 1,07,66,245 in over a year, with the first Coronavirus case reported on January 30 last year.
The country last reported below 8,500 new cases on June 1 when there were 7,761 cases.
On May 14 last year, India recorded 98 deaths before its steady rise to 1,247 in mid-September, the highest deaths in 24 hours.
For the past four days, the country has been recording less than 15,000 daily new infections. Also, the death toll has remained below the 300-mark for over a month.
As per the Ministry’s data, 1,04,48,406 people have so far been discharged, and currently, there are 1,63,353 active cases.The recovery rate has increased to 97.05 per cent, while the fatality rate is down to 1.43 per cent.
A total of 19,77,52,057 samples have been tested for Covid-19 up to February 1. Of these, 6,59,422 samples were tested yesterday (February 1), said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
Meanwhile, India’s total active caseload continues to follow a consistent downward slope. It has dropped to 1.68 lakh. The present active caseload now consists of just 1.52 per cent of India’s total positive cases.
Since January, daily recoveries have consistently exceeded daily new cases, the Union Health Ministry informed.
A total of 31 States/Union Territories (UT)s have less than 5,000 active cases as of date. Andaman and Nicobar Islands reported four active cases followed by Daman & Diu & Dadra & Nagar Haveli with six active cases.
Total active cases in Delhi is 1,265. As much as 79.69 per cent of the total active cases are from five states/UTs. Two states alone, Kerala and Maharashtra cumulatively account for a bulk (69.41 per cent) of India’s total active cases.
A total of 39,50,156 vaccinations against Covid-19 have taken place in India in a fortnight after the approval of the two Covid vaccines. A 63.34 per cent of the total vaccinated beneficiaries are from eight states. Uttar Pradesh accounts for the maximum share of vaccinated beneficiaries followed by Rajasthan and Karnataka.
As per the Union Health Ministry, India stands at the fifth position globally in terms of the number of vaccine doses administered within a country. This is despite the fact that many countries had initiated their vaccination campaign before India.