Coronavirus India Cases: Active Cases Drop Below 32 Lakh; Fewer Deaths Reported
Syringes used to administer doses of Covid-19 vaccine in a container at the heath center in the village of Bazrak, Uttar Pradesh. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Cases: Active Cases Drop Below 32 Lakh; Fewer Deaths Reported

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India recorded fewer Covid-19 deaths after four consecutive days of more than 4,000 lives lost to the pandemic, at a time the world’s second-worst infected nation struggles to vaccinate its population.

3,874 patients succumbed to the disease in a matter of 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 20, taking India’s total death toll to 2.87 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.

More than 2.76 lakh people tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Recoveries during the same period were significantly higher near 3.7 lakh, taking active cases to 31.3 lakh for the first time in May. They still account for more than 12% of the country’s total caseload.

Key figures:

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,57,72,440
  • Number of active cases: 31,29,878
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 2,23,55,440
  • Total deaths: 2,87,122
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 2,76,110
  • One-day recoveries: 3,69,077
  • One-day deaths: 3,874
  • Total vaccine shots administered: 18,70,09,792

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The Health Ministry has released fresh guidelines regarding those who should take Covid-19 vaccinations.

The ministry has recommended that people who've tested positive for the coronavirus get vaccinated only three months after recovery. Even those infected after the first dose of the vaccine should defer the second dose by three months after recovery.

The government has clarified that all lactating women are recommended to get inoculated.

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