Covid update: India reports over 4 lakh new cases in the highest-ever surge

As many as 4,01,993 more people tested positive for Covid-19 within the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,91,64,969, said the Union health ministry on Saturday.

This is the very best number of the latest infections ever recorded during a day across the world. India had crossed the grim milestone of reporting over 3 lakh new cases on 21 April.

The central government on Friday expressed concern that a lot of states aren’t only recording a better peak of coronavirus cases than in September last year but also seeing a high growth trajectory.

Among the states are Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal Tamil Nadu , Goa, and Odisha.

However, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state because it reported nearly 63,000 new cases on Friday. it’s followed by Karnataka (48,000), and Kerala (37,000).

The daily fatalities saw a small increase within the last 24 hours as 3,523 more people succumbed to the disease. The amount thanks to Covid-19 in India has reached 2,11,853.

In addition to the present, 2,99,988 people were discharged from various hospitals across the country within the same duration, taking the entire number of recoveries to 1,56,84,406.

The active tally has seen a spike too, standing at 32,68,710 currently. the amount was 31,70,228 on Friday.

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria said that within the second wave of the pandemic, the speed of the increase in infection has been rapid which has put immense strain on health infrastructure a few times.

“Also, doubling of Covid-19 cases has been rapid. that ought to ease if turnover time reduces.”

Tests conducted thus far

India has tested 28,83,37,385 samples for Covid-19 so far , said the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Out of those , 19,45,299 samples were tested on Friday.

Vaccinations in India

The country has thus far administered 15,49,89,635 anti-Covid jabs.

India unrolled the third phase of its inoculation drive on Saturday amid several states flagging concerns of a shortage of vaccines.

Delhi, Odisha, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Punjab have said they are doing not have adequate doses to start out vaccinating individuals within the 18-44 age bracket.

Mumbai launched its vaccination drive in just five hospitals and can administer a complete of 20,000 doses over Saturday and Sunday.

With vaccinations stopped within the city for 3 days thanks to inadequate supply, only those within the 18-44 age bracket are going to be inoculated. those that are above 45 are going to be vaccinated whenever new vaccine stocks arrive, said BMC.

Some states announced the third phase of the immunization drive in selected districts, while some announced vaccination for less than those above 35 years aged.

SC on vaccination

The Supreme Court on Friday said the Centre should adopt a national immunization model for vaccination of all and not leave it to non-public vaccine manufacturers to make a decision on its allocation to states.

A bench headed by Justices DY Chandrachud said: “What happens to the marginalized people and SC/ST population living in far-flung areas? Should they be left to the mercy of personal vaccine manufacturers and hospitals? they’re going to not be ready to buy the vaccines.”

The bench said that the govt must consider providing freed from cost vaccination to all or any citizens.

It said that it can’t be left to the private manufacturers to make a decision what proportion quantity tend to which state and instead Centre should procure all the vaccines and provides them to the states.

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