India reported 2,08,921 new Covid-19 cases and 4,157 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the country’s overall caseload has risen to 2,71,57,795, while the death toll is presently at 3,11,388, according to Union Health Ministry data.
A total of 22,17,320 tests, the highest in a day, were conducted on Tuesday taking the cumulative number so far in the country to 33,48,11,496, while the daily positivity declined to 9.42 per cent, the ministry said.
More than 1.77 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories, and they will receive one lakh more within the next three days, the Union Health Ministry said.
The Centre has so far provided, both under the free of cost category and through the direct state procurement category, more than 22 crore vaccine doses (22,00,59,880) to states and UTs, it said. Of this, the total consumption including wastages is 20,13,74,636 doses, the ministry said.
States have been urged repeatedly to keep vaccine wastage below 1%, many States like Jharkhand (37.3%), Chhattisgarh (30.2%), Tamil Nadu (15.5%), Jammu & Kashmir (10.8%), Madhya Pradesh (10.7%) are reporting much higher wastage than the national average (6.3%): Ministry of Health added.
PM Modi while speaking during the virtual Vesak Global Celebrations on Buddha Purnima on May 26 said, “I extend condolences to those who suffered, lost near and dear ones in the pandemic, I grieve with them”.
Meanwhile, scientists have developed two new drugs to both prevent the COVID-19 infection. The peptide-based drugs developed by researchers at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Australia are being tested in hamsters at France”s pre-clinical and clinical research facility, IDMIT.