Covid-19 India Updates: Daily Fatality Rate Drops Below 1,000
A health workers administers a dose of the Covishield vaccine at a vaccination center set up at Navyug School in New Delhi. (Photographer: Sumit Dayal/Bloomberg)

Covid-19 India Updates: Daily Fatality Rate Drops Below 1,000

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India’s daily Covid-19 fatality rate dropped below 1,000 for the first time since April 13, amid concerns over a new Delta-Plus variant detected in the country.

979 patients succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on June 28. The nation’s total death toll due to the pandemic stood at nearly 3.97 lakh.

More than 46,000 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the day, while over 58,000 recovered. That took active infections to 5.7 lakh or less than 2% of the country’s total caseload.

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  • Total confirmed cases: 3,02,79,331
  • Total number of active cases: 5,72,994
  • Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 2,93,09,607
  • Total deaths: 3,96,730
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 46,148
  • One-day recoveries: 58,578
  • One-day deaths: 979
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 32,36,63,297

India has found 48 cases of the Delta-plus Covid-19 variant across 11 states. Still, authorities say it is too early to tell whether it poses a significant threat like the Delta strain that drove the devastating second wave, swamping the healthcare system and overwhelming crematoriums.

The central government however, classified the Delta Plus as a “Variant of Concern”, which is more infectious and resistant to treatment. That’s the same degree of threat as the Delta mutation.

Tests are being conducted to check the effectiveness of the vaccines available in India — AstraZeneca’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech International Ltd.’s Covaxin — against the new variant.

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