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24 states reported a decline in active cases since last week: Health Ministry on COVID-19 situation

Dr Paul also said that the government is in talks with Pfizer and they have shown interest and have spare vaccines for India.

Screengrab of Dr VK Paul during press meet on May 27, 2021.

New Delhi: Two dozen states have been reporting a decline in the active cases since last week, this was announced at a press briefing by the Ministry of Health on Covid-19 situation in the country on Thursday. These include big states like Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala and Telangana.

The states that showed an upswing in the past week are: Jammu and Kashmir, Tamil Nadu and Odisha as well as all of North-East India.

Out of 531 districts that had reported more than 100 Covid-19 cases daily during April 28- May 4, the numbers came down to 359 districts till May 25.

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During the press meet, Dr VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog and Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health, tried to ‘clear airs’ about the Centre’s relentless efforts to ramp up the production of India made Covid-19 vaccines. They informed that Bharat Biotech is expected to increase their production by 10 times from 90 lakh vials to 10 crores in a few months. They expect that the pharma giant will be able to do that by September-October 2021.

Others are also expected to ramp up their production including companies like Zydus and SII. Dr Paul also said that the government is in talks with Pfizer and they have shown interest and have spare vaccines for India.

“We are engaged with Pfizer as they’ve indicated the availability of a certain volume of vaccines in the coming months, possibly in July. They’ve requested indemnity against liability to all the nations. We are examining this request. There is no decision as of now,” Dr VK Paul said.

There has been a steady decline in new cases; Data till May 27, 2021 (Courtesy: PIB)

On the matter of 20 people who got two different Covid-19 vaccines as their doses in Uttar Pradesh, Dr Paul reiterated that there is a set protocol that a person should be inoculated by the same vaccine both the times and added that the matter will be investigated.

“Our protocol is clear that both doses given should be of the same vaccine. This matter should be investigated. Even if this has happened it should not be a cause of concern, ” said Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog on the incident of wrong second COVID19 vaccine dose given in UP.

As per the data, released by the Centre:

  • Active Caseload has further declines to 24,19,907
  • Active Cases decrease by 75,684 in last 24 hours
  • At 2.11 Lakh Cases, declining trend in new cases is maintained
  • 2,46,33,951 total recoveries across the country so far. As many as 2,83,135bpatients have recovered in the last 24 hours.
  • Recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 14th consecutive day.
  • Recovery Rate increases to 90.01%
  • Weekly Positivity Rate currently at 10.93%
  • Daily positivity rate at 9.79%, less than 10% for 3 consecutive days
  • 20.27 crore vaccine doses administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive
  • After the USA, India is the 2nd country to achieve the 20-crore vaccination doses landmark
  • Testing capacity substantially ramped up: More than 21.57 lakh tests conducted in the last 24 hours

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