Published: Tue, May 25, 2021

India Covid deaths cross 300,000 as Japan ramps up vaccinations

India Covid deaths cross 300,000 as Japan ramps up vaccinations

The milestone, as recorded by India's Health Ministry, comes as slowed vaccine deliveries have marred the country's fight against the pandemic, forcing many to miss their shots, and a rare but fatal fungal infection affecting COVID-19 patients has anxious doctors.

The death toll climbed to 3,03,720 with 4,454 daily deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in India now stands at 2,62,89,290 with total 2,30,70,365 discharges.

India is now reporting around 250,000 cases per day according to seven-day average data, having peaked just shy of 400,000 earlier this month.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 19,33,72,819 people have been vaccinated so far in the country, including 14,58,895 who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.

After recording over 3 lakh cases for almost three weeks, India's daily cases dropped below the mark earlier this week.

The country's vaccine programme is also lagging behind economically developed countries, with only around 10 per cent of people protected by at least one dose.

The seven-day average of new United States cases has dropped to a level not seen since June previous year, Rochelle Walensky of the Centers for Disease Control said during a briefing on Friday.

Ten states-Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Assam-reported 76.66 per cent of the 2,59,551 new cases registered in a day, the ministry said.

As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, Government of India has been supporting the States and UTs by providing them COVID Vaccines free of cost.

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat on Sunday said the Army is ready to extend help to the people of India in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, news agency PTI reported. The official toll hit 200,000 deaths in late April.

These include 97,24,339 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 66,80,968 HCWs who have taken the second dose; 1,47,91,600 frontline workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose, 82,85,253 FLWs the second dose and 86,04,498 beneficiaries in the 18-44 years age group who received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The figure is 3.47 million, not 34.7 million.

A majority of India's people live in rural areas, where health care is limited.

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