New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday (June 18) said that chances of hospitalisation are reduced by 75-80 per cent if a person is infected with COVID-19 after taking the vaccine according to the data present. The announcement was a part of the ministry’s briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the country.
The country recorded a decline of 78.6 in the total COVID-19 cases since the peak of the second wave of the pandemic on May 10, informed the ministry. It added that during the same time the daily COVID-19 cases tally came down by 85 per cent since May 7 when the highest number of cases were reported.
The positivity rate in the country fell by 81 per cent, since April 30-May 6 when the country saw the positivity rate climbing up to 21.6 per cent.
Out of the total 718 districts in the nation, 513 recorded a positivity rate of less than five per cent which suggests a massive decline since mid-May.
India on Friday recorded 62,480 new COVID-19 cases, 1,587 deaths as active cases dipped below the 8-lakh mark for the first time in 73 days.
On the vaccination front, a total of 26,89,60,399 vaccine doses have been administered till 7 am on June 17. Out of this, 32,59,003 doses were given in the last 24 hours alone, lower than the previous day’s tally of 34,63,961 doses administered.
Out of the total vaccination figure in the past 24 hours, 28,54,220 people received the first jab of the coronavirus vaccine while 4,04,783 people got the second dose.
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.