“In an encouraging development, daily new Covid-19 cases being registered in India are now less than 3 Lakhs after 26 days,” the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a statement released on Monday, May 17.
In the last 24 hours, a total of 2,81,386 new cases were registered in the country. Moreover, a declining trend in the weekly positivity rate has also been recorded, which stands at 18.17% as of May 17.
84.25% National recovery rate
India’s cumulative recoveries stand at 2,11,74,076, as of May 17th, taking the national recovery rate to 84.81%. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of discharged patients has also gone up by 378,741 in the country.
About ten states in India have accounted for 70.94% of the new recoveries. These states include Maharashtra (59,073), Karnataka (34,425), Kerala (29,442), Uttar Pradesh (28,404), Tamil Nadu (20,905), West Bengal (19,211), Andhra Pradesh (18,739), Rajasthan (17,481), Gujarat (15,076) and Bihar (14,340).
24 hours recovery also shows a decline in cases
According to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a decline of 55,344 was recorded in the active caseload in the last 24 hours. It is for the fifth time in the last 6 days that 24-hour recoveries have outnumbered daily new covid cases.
India’s total active caseload has now decreased to 35,16,997 cases.
The Government of India has provided more than 20 crore vaccine doses to the States/Union Territories free of cost, so far. In addition to this, nearly 3 lakh doses are in pipeline to be received by States/UTs in the next 3 days. Also, more than 2 crore doses are still available with the States/UTs that are in line to be administered to the citizens.
India has been administering the biggest vaccination drive in the country as part of its five-point strategy in its fight against Covid-19.
A total of 18,29,26,460 vaccine doses have been administered to people as of May 17, 8 AM. Of this, 6,14,286 beneficiaries were administered with the first dose of vaccine, and 76,925 beneficiaries administered with the second dose of vaccine in the last 24 hours.