India registers over 2.59 lakh Covid cases in a day

1041 fresh Covid-19 cases in Odisha in a day
Coronavirus, India (Xinhua/IANS)

New Delhi:  May 21: India had been reporting more than 4000 deaths since last few days and yesterday only, the death number was below 4,000. But, again today, it went up and India reported 4,209 fatalities, according to the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry. India registered highest number of fatalities  on Wednesday with 4,529 deaths. This is not only India’s highest fatalities in a day, but also it is the highest number of fatalities from Covid Infection in any country so far. It surpassed 4,468 deaths in the US on January 12, and earlier 4,2111 in Brazil on April 6.

But, the daily fresh Covid cases dropped to its lowest at 2,59,551 in exactly a month.
Fresh Covid cases came down below the three lakh-mark for the first time on May 17 after touching record high of 4,14,188 on May 7.

India’s overall tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,60,31,991 with 30,27,925 active cases and 2,91,331 deaths so far.

According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,57,295 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, with 2,27,12,735 being cured from Covid till date.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 19,18,79,503 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 14,82,754 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 32,44,17,870 samples have been tested up to May 20 for Covid-19. Of these 20,61,683 samples were tested on Thursday. (Inputs from IANS)


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