Indias cumulative Covid-19 vaccination coverage crosses 240 mn mark

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A single-day rise of 86,498 cases was registered, the lowest in 66 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 2,89,96,473. "There were challenges during the second wave of Covid-19, but the information of deaths should have been sent on time with special vigilance and sensitivity", he said.

The state department had set up two health committees to audit the Covid death toll after facing flak over reports of discrepancy between government and municipal corporations' data. The Patna High Court last month expressed concern about inconsistency in the death toll presented by government officials in separate affidavits, the Hindu newspaper reported.

India's daily spike of coronavirus cases remained below the 100,000 mark for the third consecutive day as only 94,052 new infections were recorded during a 24-hour period, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday. The country's active caseload today stands at 11,67,952. The number of recoveries in the country went up to 2,76,55,493, pushing the recovery rate to 94.77%.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 37,01,93,563 samples have been tested up to June 8 for Covid-19.

The spurt in the number of deaths reflects those reported at private hospitals, in transit to health facilities, under home isolation and those dying of post-COVID complications after they tested negative and were discharged from hospitals, Additional Secretary (Health) Pratyaya Amrit told reporters on Wednesday. Follow the space for more LIVE updates.

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More than 23.9 crore (23,90,58,360) COVID vaccine doses have been administered so far in the nationwide vaccination drive.

"While on one side testing has been enhanced across the country, a continued decline in weekly case positivity is noticed", the health ministry said. The daily positivity rate has dropped to 4.62 per cent.

He also stated that it is a piece of misinformation that subsequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic are going to cause severe illness in children.

India has reported almost 20 million Covid cases in 2021, compared with 10.3 million previous year, driven by the Delta variant that is more transmissible than other new strains.

The toll in Bihar was 5,424 till June 7 and 20 more Covid patients died in the past 24 hours.

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