Coronavirus India Updates: Active Cases Fall Below 37 Lakh For First Time In A Week
New cases of Covid-19 in India declined for the third day bringing the country’s active caseload below 37 lakh for the first time in a week.
More than 3.26 lakh people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update on May 15. During the same period there were 3.53 lakh recoveries.
Lower cases may have been due to a fall in testing numbers. India conduction 16.9 lakh tests on May 14, lower than the 18-19 lakh tests it had done for the previous three days.
Daily deaths fell below the 4,000-mark as 3,890 people succumbed to the disease. India's total death toll stands at 2.66 lakh.
To be clear, data on Covid cases and related deaths may be severely deficient as several states have inadequate testing, chronic underreporting and have been reportedly concealing such data by attributing the casualties to other causes.
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Key data points
- Total confirmed cases: 2,43,72,907
- Total number of active cases: 36,73,802
- Total patients cured/discharged: 2,04,32,898
- Total deaths: 2,66,207
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 3,26,098
- One-day recoveries: 3,53,299
- One-day deaths: 3890
- Total vaccination shots administered: 18,04,57,579
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the virus was spreading rapidly in rural areas and asked villagers to take precautions.
Villagers should not ignore symptoms such as cough, fever, vomiting and must isolate themselves, undergo testing and consult doctors, Modi said in a virtual address.
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