Coronavirus India Cases: Active Infections Drop For Second Day Even As Deaths Top 4,000 Again
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Coronavirus India Cases: Active Infections Drop For Second Day Even As Deaths Top 4,000 Again

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Active cases of Covid-19 in India dropped for the second day in a row, in a small relief to a healthcare system battling the world’s fastest spreading outbreak amid a vaccine shortage.

3.48 lakh people tested positive for the virus in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on May 12. That’s less than the 3.55 lakh patients who recovered during the same period, taking active cases marginally lower to 37 lakh.

Daily fatalities, however, crossed 4,000 once again, taking the nation's total death toll near 2.54 lakh. 4,205 patients succumbed to the illness in a matter of 24-hours, marking the deadliest day in India’s pandemic struggle.

Key data points:

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,33,40,938
  • Total number of active cases: 37,04,099
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 1,93,82,642
  • Total deaths: 2,54,197
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 3,48,421
  • One-day recoveries: 3,55,338
  • One-day deaths: 4,205
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 17,52,35,991

The central government's supply of vaccines to states for inoculating those aged more than 45 years has dried up, with only six states in line to receive additional doses anytime soon.

As on May 11, the centre's supply pipeline had just over 7 lakh doses to be provided to states in the next three days, according to data from the Health Ministry . That comes as states have 90.3 lakh balance doses in their inventory, which at the average daily vaccination rate of the past month would last for about four to five days.

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