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Kesho Lal Verma, 99-year-old retired soldier, donates Rs 1 lakh to fight COVID-19

New Delhi: A 99-year-old retired soldier, from the British times, made a generous donation of Rs 1 lakh to the Army on Wednesday to help in India’s fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Lance Naik Kesho Lal Verma (Photo Credit: File Photo)

New Delhi: A 99-year-old retired soldier, from the British times, made a generous donation of Rs 1 lakh to the Army on Wednesday to help in India’s fight against the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The above-mentioned soldier, Lance Naik Kesho Lal Verma, visited the Sub Area Headquarters in Jalandhar, and handed over a cheque of Rs 1 lakh to senior Army officers.

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As per the available details, the veteran had served in the erstwhile Royal Indian Army Service Corps, and was deployed with the British Army’s South East Asia Command.

India’s COVID-19 fight

After recording more than 4-lakh COVID cases for four consecutive day till May 9, India reported 2,67,334 new cases in the last 24 hours.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 3,89,851 discharges and 4,529 deaths, highest in a single day, were reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases stand at 2,54,96,330 while the active number of cases are 32,26,719.

As per the data, the total number of patients that have been discharged stood at 2,19,86,363. The death toll is at 2,83,248. On the vaccination front, a total of 18,58,09,302  doses have been administered in the country to date.  India began its vaccination programme on January 16 and has begun its third phase of vaccine rollouts on May 1, for everyone who is above 18 years of age.

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The spike in new cases crossed the 4-lakh mark in the country on April 30. The cases have been rising since mid-April and had crossed the 3 Lakh mark within a week. The new infections have been staying 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.

India has so far administered more than 18.5 crore doses of the coronavirus vaccine, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed on Wednesday. A total of 18,58,09,302 doses were given till 7 am on May 19, as per the data.

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