Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Below 30 Lakh, But Deaths Remain Elevated
A health worker prepares a dose of Covid-19 vaccine at a drive-thru vaccination site set up at the CyberHub complex in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Below 30 Lakh, But Deaths Remain Elevated

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India’s active Covid-19 caseload fell below the 30-lakh-mark for the first time in over three weeks as recoveries continued to outpace newly reported infections.

Just over 2.57 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 22. Recoveries during the same period were significantly higher 3.57 lakh.

As a result, active cases in the country fell to 29.23 lakh—the lowest since April 28. They still account for more than 10% of the country’s total caseload.

Even as the rate of infection slowed down, India’s daily fatality rate remained dangerously high. 4,194 patients succumbed to the illness in a matter of 24 hours, taking the country’s total reported death toll to 2.95 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: 2,62,89,290
  • Active cases: 29,23,400
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 2,30,70,365
  • Total deaths: 2,95,525
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 2,57,299
  • One-day recoveries: 3,57,630
  • One-day deaths: 4,194
  • Total vaccine shots administered: 19.32 crore.

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