India on Tuesday saw a rise of 25,166 new COVID-19 cases in a single day, the lowest in 154 days, bringing the total to 3,22,50,679, while the national recovery rate was registered at 97.51 percent, the highest since March, according to the latest data from the Ministry of Health on Tuesday. With 88.13 lakh doses given in the last 24 hours, India saw a new vaccination record for one day.
The death toll rose to 4,32,079 with 437 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to data updated at 8 a.m.
The number of active cases has fallen to 3,69,846, the lowest number in 146 days. It comprises 1.15 percent of the total number of infections, the lowest since March 2020, the health ministry said.
Also, 15,63,985 tests were conducted on Monday, bringing the total number of tests conducted so far for the detection of COVID-19 in the country to 49,66.29,524. The daily positivity rate was recorded at 1.61 percent. In the past 22 days, that was less than three percent.
The weekly positivity rate was recorded at 1.98 percent. According to the Ministry of Health, it has been below three percent in the past 53 days.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease rose to 3,14,48,754, while the death rate stands at 1.34 percent, the data said.
Cumulatively, 55.47 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered as part of the nationwide vaccination campaign so far with more than 88.13 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours, which is the highest vaccination ever administered in a single day. has been achieved, the ministry said.
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The Japanese government on Tuesday extended the coronavirus emergency to seven more regions as it battles a record wave of infections a week before the Paralympic Games. Emergency virus measures banning restaurants and bars from selling alcohol and requiring them to close at 8 p.m. are already in place in Tokyo and five other regions and are set to end on August 31. But Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said the measure would be extended to additional areas, with restrictions in all parts of the country running until September 12.
The government on Monday imposed restrictions on the export of Covid rapid antigen testing kits, amid several experts warning of a possible third wave of the coronavirus pandemic.
“The export of COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits… has been placed under the restricted category with immediate effect,” the Directorate-General for Foreign Trade (DGFT) said in a notification.
Exporters must apply for a license or permission from the DGFT to ship items under the restricted category. Such restrictions are intended to increase the domestic availability of the kits.
In a new concern for Tamil Nadu, health authorities say the state is facing a sort of vaccination apathy among its residents after a drastic drop in daily coronavirus cases from around 36,000 a day during the May second wave peak to fewer than 2,000 now.
Although the state administered more than 4 lakh doses on Monday, the daily average in the past week has been 2.23 lakh doses and more alarmingly, only 37 percent of the population has received one Covid dose and just over 8. 2 percent both doses, much less than the national average.
The state has the capacity to inoculate 8 lakh people daily but managed to cross 5 lakh in just one day.