Coronavirus India Cases: More Than 4,000 Dead Even As Active Cases Drop Below 25 Lakh
An observation area at a Covid-19 drive-thru vaccination site set up at the DLF Mall of India in Noida. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Cases: More Than 4,000 Dead Even As Active Cases Drop Below 25 Lakh

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Active cases of Covid-19 in India dropped below 25 lakh, offering a breather to a healthcare system battling the world’s second-largest outbreak. However, that did little to curb the daily fatality rate.

Just over 2 lakh people tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 26. Recoveries during the same period were significantly higher at nearly 3 lakh.

As a result, active cases dropped to 24.9 lakh, still accounting for more than 9% of the nation’s total caseload.

More than 4,000 patients, however, succumbed to the illness in the same day, taking India’s total death toll to 3.11 lakh.

To be sure, data on Covid-19 cases and related deaths may be severely deficient as several states have inadequate testing, chronic underreporting and have been attributing the casualties to other causes.

Key Figures

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,71,57,795
  • Active cases: 24,95,591
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 2,43,50,816
  • Total deaths: 3,11,388
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 2,08,921
  • One-day recoveries: 2,95,955
  • One-day deaths: 4,157
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 20,39,087
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