Coronavirus Update: India Reports 1.7 Lakh New Cases, 3,617 Deaths In Last 24 Hours
Healthcare workers administer a dose of Bharat Biotech Ltd. Covaxin vaccine for coronavirus at Sanjeevan Hospital in Daryaganj, New Delhi, India. (Photographer T. Narayan/Bloomberg).

Coronavirus Update: India Reports 1.7 Lakh New Cases, 3,617 Deaths In Last 24 Hours

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Fresh cases of Covid-19 in India remained below 2 lakh for a second day bringing the country's active cases just above the 22-lakh-mark

Around 1.73 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 29. Recoveries during the same period were significantly higher at nearly 2.84 lakh.

As a result, active cases dropped to 22.2 lakh, still accounting for about 8.5% of the nation’s total caseload.

3,617 patients succumbed to the illness on the same day, taking India’s total death toll near 3.22 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: 2,77,29,247
  • Active cases: 22,28,724
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 2,51,78,011
  • Total deaths: 3,22,512
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 1,73,799
  • One-day recoveries: 2,84,601
  • One-day deaths: 3,617

Delhi Government Floats Global Tender For Covid-19 vaccine

The Delhi government has floated a global tender for the procurement of 1 crore doses of the Covid-19 vaccine on an urgent basis.

It said that the delivery period will be a deciding factor in awarding the contract and that the supplier must complete the order in staggered quantities within 45 days of the issue of the supply order.

In its tender, the Delhi government said the vaccine supplied must be as per the guidelines issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research, Drugs Controller General of India and the Centre. Additionally, the Delhi government said the supplier should not belong to countries bordering India.

The bidders have been asked to submit their offer or expression of interest through e-mail by 5 pm on June 7.

Delhi has so far received 47.44 lakh doses from the Centre for those aged above 45, and healthcare and frontline workers. Of this, 44.76 lakh doses have been utilised so far.

The city government had suspended the inoculation exercise for the 18-44 age group on May 22 after it ran out of vaccines for this category.

Till now, 8.17 lakh doses have been procured directly from the manufacturers for the 18-44 age group.

The capital is likely to get around four lakh more doses for this category from the manufacturers in India in June. According to data shared with the Centre, 52.98 lakh doses have been administered in Delhi since the inoculation exercise started on January 16.

Of this, 36.92 lakh were Covishield doses and 16.06 were Covaxin jabs. A maximum number of 1.41 lakh people were vaccinated on May 10.

(With inputs from PTI)

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