India on Friday reported 34,973 fresh COVID-19 cases, 37,681 recoveries and 260 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union Health Ministry.
Of these, Kerala recorded 26,200 new cases and 114 deaths.
The Health Ministry said that India’s active caseload stands at 3,90,646, which accounts for 1.18 per cent of the total cases.
The weekly positivity rate is at 2.31 per cent. It has been less than 3 per cent for the last 77 days. The daily positivity rate is 1.96 per cent. It has been less than 3 per cent for the last 11 days.
The cumulative number of cases registered across the country has climbed to 3,31,74,954 with new cases reported today.
Presently, the recovery rate is at 97.49 per cent. The total recoveries and deaths reported across the country now stand at 3,23,42,299 and 4,42,009 respectively.
A total of 53.86 crore tests have been conducted so far since the onset of the pandemic last year.
In the ongoing nationwide COVID-19 vaccination drive, 72.37 crore vaccine doses have been administered to eligible beneficiaries till date.
“The new phase of universalization of COVID-19 vaccination commenced from 21st June 2021. The vaccination drive has been ramped up through availability of more vaccines, advance visibility of vaccine availability to States and Union Territories for enabling better planning by them, and streamlining the vaccine supply chain,” said the health ministry.
As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID vaccines free of cost. In the new phase of the universalization of the COVID19 vaccination drive, the Union Government will procure and supply (free of cost) 75 per cent of the vaccines being produced by the vaccine manufacturers in the country to States and UTs.
More than 71.94 crore (71,94,73,325) vaccine doses have been provided to States and UTs so far through the Government of India (free of cost channel) and through direct state procurement category. Further, more than 7 lakh doses are in the pipeline.
Over 5.72 crore (5,72,74,025) balance and unutilized COVID vaccine doses are still available with the States and UTs to be administered, said the ministry.
India records 28,326 fresh COVID-19 cases, 260 deaths in last 24 hours
India recorded 28,326 new COVID-19 cases and 260 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the overall caseload to 3,35,52,805 and the total death toll to 4,46,918, as per data released by the Ministry of Health on Sunday (September 26, 2021). Out of these, Kerala contributed 16,671 fresh cases and 120 deaths.
Over 26,032 recoveries were also recorded in the country in the last 24 hours, taking total recoveries to 3,29,02,351 and the active caseload now stands at 3,03,476.
An increase of 2,034 cases was recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours. The daily positivity rate stands at 1.90 percent, while the recovery rate is currently at 97.77 percent. According to the data, 85.60 Crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
Meanwhile, the global coronavirus caseload has topped 231.4 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 4.74 million and vaccinations soared to over 6.07 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University.
In its latest update on Sunday morning, the University`s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload, death toll and vaccination tally stood at 231,477,987, 4,742,762 and 6,072,672,218, respectively.
The US continues to be the worst-hit country with the world`s highest number of cases and deaths at 42,901,854 and 687,746, respectively, according to the CSSE. In terms of infections, India follows in the second place with 33,624,419 cases.
Modi at UNGA: PM announces world’s first DNA vaccine for Covid-19 from global stage
Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the world’s first DNA vaccine against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) from the global platform. Addressing the 76th United Nations General Assembly in New York, PM Modi said that the DNA vaccine can be administered to everyone above the age of 12.
“India, which lives on Sewa Paramo Dharma (service is the main duty), is engaged in vaccination development and manufacturing despite limited resources,” Modi said at the UNGA.
“I want to inform UNGA that India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine, which can be administered to all people above the age of 12 years,” he added.
The prime minister was referring to Zydus Cadila’s Covid-19 DNA vaccine which received emergency use approval from the Drugs Controller General of India last month. The company expects to administer the first licensed shot from October but, according to the government, the price remains a “clear issue”.
On Thursday, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr V K Paul told a press briefing that a decision on making the indigenously-developed needle-free Covid-19 vaccine as a part of the country’s vaccination programme will be taken soon. He said that preparations are underway and repeated discussions have been held to bring Zydus Cadila’s DNA vaccine in practical shape and implementation.
“The price is also a clear issue. Talks are going on and a decision will soon be taken. With full preparation, it will become a part of the country’s national vaccination programme. We are looking forward to receiving recommendations of the NTAGI on the beneficiary or target group to which the vaccine has to be given. The work is in progress and you will hear more about this in the times to come,” he said.
India reports 29,616 new COVID-19 infections, 290 deaths
India reported 29,616 new COVID-19 infections and 290 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
Of these, 17,983 Covid cases and 127 deaths were reported in Kerala, informed the Ministry.
The active caseload is presently 3,01,442 and constitutes 0.90 per cent of the country’s total positive cases.
With 28,046 recoveries during the last 24 hours, a total of 3,28,48,273 people have been cured of the viral disease in the country so far.
The daily positivity rate has remained below 3 per cent for the last 26 days and currently stands at 1.86 per cent while the weekly positivity rate is at 1.99 per cent. It has remained below 3 per cent in the last 92 days.
A total of 56.16 crore COVID-19 tests have been conducted across India.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), the total number of samples tested to date is 56,16,61,383, including 15,92,421 samples tested yesterday.
The health ministry said that 84.89 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under Nationwide Vaccination Drive.
“Sustained and collaborative efforts by the Centre and the States/UTs continue the trend of less than 50,000 daily new cases that is being reported for 90 consecutive days now,” Union Health Ministry said in a release.
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