Coronavirus India Updates: One-Day Deaths Drop Below 100; Lowest New Cases Since June 2
A health worker prepares a dose of Covaxin in the Covid-19 vaccination room at the Super Speciality Hospital Hospital in Srinagar, India. (Photographer: Sumit Dayal/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: One-Day Deaths Drop Below 100; Lowest New Cases Since June 2

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The Covid-19 pandemic seems to be receding in India, with fresh cases and deaths hitting new lows, at a time the country has begun the world’s largest inoculation drive.

India added 8,635 fresh cases in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Feb. 2, 2021. That’s higher than the 13423 recoveries reported today, taking active cases below the 1.64 lakh mark. Active cases, now a mere 1.52% of the total caseload, had crossed 10 lakh in mid September.

Deaths per day have also reduced, falling below the 100-mark for the first time since May 12. At the same time, over 39 lakh healthcare workers have been vaccinated throughout India.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,07,66,245
  • Active cases: 1,63,353
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 10,448,406
  • Deaths: 1,54,486
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 8,635
  • One-day recoveries: 13,423
  • One-day deaths: 94

This comes a day after the Union Budget for financial year 2021-22 which set aside Rs 35,000 crore for Covid-19 vaccine expenditure. The government’s spend on healthcare overall is also projected to increase 137% from the previous budget, highlighting the focus on better facilities and medical infrastructure.

Covid relief measures so far have resulted in rise in expenditure to Rs 34.50 lakh crore in the current fiscal as against Rs 30.42 lakh crore budgeted a year back, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Monday.

Read more on global virus updates here.

Also read: Budget 2021: Allocation To Healthcare More Than Doubles After Pandemic

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