India has added 41,383 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours, while the number of deaths from COVID-19 has risen by 507. The country’s total caseload now stands at 3.12 crore while the total number of fatalities stands at 4.18 lakh, the health ministry said.
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India’s test positivity rate (positive cases identified for every 100 tests) continues to fall. For the 31st consecutive day, it is below 5 percent at 2.12 percent.
About 2,224 active cases were reported in the past 24 hours to bring the total to 4.09 lakh. About 3.04 crore people have recovered so far across the country, bringing the recovery rate to 97.35%. The number of recoveries now exceeds daily new cases for the 43rd consecutive day.
More than 20 lakh vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours. Total doses administered in the country have so far exceeded 41.76 crore, the health ministry said.
Kerala contributed 17,481 cases to the country’s daily figures. It was followed by Maharashtra (8,159 cases).
Delhi recorded 62 coronavirus cases with a 0.09 percent positivity rate and four fatalities, according to a health bulletin released on Wednesday. Sixty-one patients recovered from the infection in the past 24 hours, it said.
For the first time, three different variants of COVID-19 – Delta, Alpha and Beta – have been discovered among 75 coronavirus cases in Mizoram, health officials said. The samples were sent in June this year for genome sequencing to the National Institute of Biomedical Genomics (NIBMG), Kalyani in West Bengal.
India has registered more than 45,000 cases of the deadly “black mold” in the past two months. Junior health minister Bharati Pravin Pawar told parliament on Tuesday that more than 4,200 people had died from the fungus – scientific name mucormycosis.
The government aims to have all adults vaccinated by the end of this year. So far, four vaccines – Covishield, Covaxin, Russia’s Sputnik V and Moderna – have been approved for use in the country.
India is one of five World Trade Organization (WTO) member countries that will produce three-quarters of the total global production of COVID-19 vaccines this year, a top official in the world organization said. “Production remains highly centralized — about 75 percent of this year’s vaccines appear to come from five WTO members — China, India, Germany, the United States and France,” WTO Director General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Wednesday. .
In the US, the country hardest hit by the pandemic, average life expectancy fell by 1.5 years in 2020, according to a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Life expectancy at birth for the total U.S. population was 77.3 years, down from 78.8 in 2019, and the lowest since 2003, the report said.