NEW DELHI: India registered 16,156 new Covid-19 cases and 733 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the Indian Health Ministry said on Thursday. The new fatalities increased the death toll to 4,56,386, reports The Statesman.
Thursday’s infection count was 2,705 more than that of Wednesday’s when 13,451 people were detected as carrying the Covid-19 virus. The death toll on Thursday was also 148 more than that of Wednesday’s when 585 deaths were recorded to have succumbed to the disease.
The active caseload stands at 1,60,989, the lowest in 243 days. Active cases presently constitute 0.47 per cent of the country’s total positive cases, the lowest since March 2020. Also in the same period, a total of 12,90,900 tests were conducted across the country. India has so far conducted over 60.44 crore cumulative tests.
Meanwhile, the weekly positivity rate at 1.19 per cent has remained less than 2 per cent for the last 34 days now. The daily positivity rate stands at 1.25 per cent, which has also remained below 2 per cent for the last 24 days and less than 3 per cent for 59 consecutive days now.
On the vaccination front, authorities have administered a total of 1,040,499,873 vaccine doses to eligible beneficiaries. Of these, 723,497,151 beneficiaries have received the first dose while the remaining 317,002,722 are fully vaccinated. Over 4.9 million beneficiaries were inoculated in the previous 24 hours. This has been achieved through 1,03,62,667 sessions.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya raised the issue at a review meeting with state health ministers on Wednesday and asked them to accelerate the pace of second dose coverage. Sources present at the meeting said the Centre said that among the 10.34 crore, 85 percent had taken Covishield while the remaining had taken Covaxin.