Coronavirus Updates: 3,293 Deaths In A Day Take India’s Total Pandemic Toll Above 2 Lakh
A health worker sprays a colleague with disinfectant outside a quarantine center at the Goregaon NESCO jumbo Covid centre in the Goregaon suburb of Mumbai. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus Updates: 3,293 Deaths In A Day Take India’s Total Pandemic Toll Above 2 Lakh

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India recorded more than 3,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in a single day, as an unprecedented outbreak continued to rip through the world’s second most populous nation.

More than 3.6 lakh people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period, the highest number of fresh cases in any country in any day, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on April 28.

3,293 patients succumbed to the illness in just 24 hours, marking the deadliest day in India’s struggle with the pandemic, and taking the total death toll above 2 lakh.

Active infections inched closer to 30 lakh, overwhelming the country’s healthcare system that’s battling a shortage of oxygen, vital drugs and critical care beds.

Key Numbers

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,79,97,267
  • Total number of active cases: 29,78,709
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 14817371
  • Total deaths: 2,01,187
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 3,60,960
  • One-day recoveries: 2,61,162
  • One-day deaths: 3,293
  • Total vaccine doses administered: 14,78,27,367

The central government said it has provided over 15 crore vaccine doses to states and union territories for free. Of this, the total consumption including wastage is 14.64 crore, a press statement said. That leaves over 1 crore doses that are still available with the states and are yet to be administered.

Over the next three days, 80 lakh additional doses will be received by the states and union territories, the government added.

India will begin the third phase of its immunisation programme on May 1, when everyone above the age of 18 will be eligible or the shot.

Serum To Lower Covishield Price For States To Rs 300 Per Dose

Pune-based Serum Institute of India, which is manufacturing the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine, has said it will lower the price of doses for states to Rs 300 from Rs 400 earlier.

“This will enable more vaccinations and save countless lives,” Chief Executive and Owner Adar Poonawalla said on Twitter, adding that it was a “philanthropic gesture”.

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