Coronavirus India Update: Active Cases Decline; India Reports Less Than 12,000 New Cases
An employee removes vials of Covishield from a machine on the production line at the Serum Institute of India Ltd. Hadaspar plant in Pune. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg) 

Coronavirus India Update: Active Cases Decline; India Reports Less Than 12,000 New Cases

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India added less than 12,000 fresh Covid-19 cases in a day at a time the government is struggling to convince people that the vaccines are safe.

India reported 11,666 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry’s data as of 8 a.m. on Thursday. That’s lower than the 14,301 patients who recovered from the virus in the same time period, taking active cases below 1.74 lakh. India had over 10 lakh live infections in mid-September.

This comes as over 23.5 lakh health workers have been vaccinated under the world’s largest inoculation drive which began on Jan. 16. Of this, 3.26 lakh vaccine shots were administered on Wednesday.

Also read: India Has Plenty of Coronavirus Vaccines But Few Takers

A year has passed since India detected the first case of Covid-19 in Kerala. The virus since has infected over 1.06 crore people; 1.03 crore recovered (96.94%), while more than 1.53 lakh (1.44%) have succumbed to it.

Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,07,01,193
  • Active cases: 1,73,740
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,03,73,606
  • Deaths: 1,53,847
  • Number of fresh cases in the last 24 hours: 11,666
  • One-day recoveries: 14,301
  • One-day deaths: 123

Global Update

Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted restrictions in most hot spots across New York state, declaring an end to the post-holiday surge in cases and hospitalizations. New York City said it will receive 17,000 additional vaccine shots next week, after the Biden administration boosted deliveries.

In France, the government is delaying a decision on whether to lock down the country, amid concern more restrictions could spark social unrest, while U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is tightening border rules after his country became the first in Europe with 100,000 deaths.

Globally over 100.6 million people have contracted the virus so far while 2.1 million people have died of it.

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