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Coronavirus Vaccination Update: India Crosses 48.9 Crore Inoculations on August 4

India administered 48.93 crore vaccine doses under the National Vaccination Program in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data published on Thursday (August 5).

A student of Maharani Sundarshan college, receives a dose of Covid-19 vaccine specially organized one day vaccination camp as they preparing for their final exams, in Bikaner, on August 4, 2021. (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: India administered 48.93 crore vaccine doses under the National Vaccination Program in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data published on Thursday (August 5).

According to the data, 48,93,42,295 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the vaccination drive on January 16.

Last month, India achieves another milestone in Covid-19 vaccination and overtakes USA in total number of coronavirus vaccine doses administered.

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On Thursday, India saw a single-day rise of 42,982 new coronavirus infections taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,18,12,114, while the active cases increased to 4,11,076, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.

The death toll climbed to 4,26,290 with 533 fresh fatalities.

The active cases comprise 1.29 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.37 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.

An increase of 723 cases has been recorded in the active COVID-19 caseload in a span of 24 hours.

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The new infections had stayed above 200,000-mark since April 15. The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new Covid-19 cases.

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Within a fortnight, the numbers doubled, which sounded alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grappled with resource crunch. India had crossed the grim milestone of two crores on May 4.

However, cases have started to come down since June, with many states gradually allowing relaxations in lockdown curbs. Meanwhile, Kerala has reintroduced a strict lockdown in the state after the number of new cases rose above 20,000 cases.

The rise in the daily Covid-19 cases is mainly because of a big surge in Kerala, which continues to account for over 50% of India’s new cases for the second straight day. Kerala Reported 22,056 daily Covid 19 cases on 28 July and 22,129 Covid 19 cases on July 27.

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