Published: Tue, June 01, 2021
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India records lowest COVID-19 cases in 44 days

India records lowest COVID-19 cases in 44 days

There are still 2,026,065 active cases in the country, as there was a decrease of 88,416 cases in the past 24 hours.

Union health ministry on Saturday said that India recorded 1,73,790 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally past 27.7 million, as the country recorded less than 200,000 cases for the third time in this month. India ranks second in terms of infections with 27,894,800 cases while Brazil comes second in terms of deaths with 461,931 fatalities.

The UN health agency named the B.1.617.1 variant of the COVID 19 as "Kappa" while the B1.617.2 variant was dubbed 'Delta.' Both the variants were first found in India.

The Chhattisgarh government said that the lockdown, which was scheduled to end on Monday, will continue with some relaxation in restrictions in those districts where the COVID-19 case positivity rate is less than five percent.

India registered record fatalities due to Covid on May 21 with 4,529 deaths - the highest from Covid infection in any country in a day since the coronavirus outbreak was reported in China's Wuhan in December 2019. "We're not saying replace B.1.1.7, but really just to try to help some of the dialogue with the average person", she told US-based website STAT.

Uttarakhand Chief Secretary Om Prakash said the COVID curfew has been extended in the state till June 8.

The Union Health Ministry has informed that almost 21,60,46,638 vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive. Andhra Pradesh has made a decision to continue with curfew till June 10, while the complete shutdown in Lakshadweep will remain till June 7. It said that 12,23,596 people in the age group of 18-44 years received their first dose and 13,402 their second dose of Covid vaccine on Monday. On May 24, India crossed a grim milestone of three-lakh deaths due to the coronavirus infections, thus becoming world's third country after the USA and Brazil to cross three-lakh deaths. This "will be easier and more practical to be discussed by non-scientific audiences", it said.

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