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India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 27m



India’s COVID-19 tally today crossed 27 million, reaching 27,157,795 with 208,921 new confirmed cases recorded in the past 24 hours, said the Federal Health Ministry.

An additional 4,157 deaths from the coronavirus epidemic were reported since Tuesday morning in the South Asian country, taking the death toll to 311,388. There were currently 2,495,591 active cases in the country after a decrease of 91,191 cases in the past 24 hours.

The number of daily active cases has been on the decline over the past few days, after a continuous surge since mid-April with a total of 24,350,816 patients having recovered from the pandemic and have been discharged from hospitals across the country as shown by latest data from the federal health ministry.

India’s nationwide vaccination drive kicked off on January 16, but so far 200,662,456 vaccine doses have been administered to people across the country. A total of 2,039,087 vaccine doses were given on Tuesday alone with  the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination is going on, covering all people aged 18 years and above amid acute shortage of vaccines being felt across the country.

Latest data issued by Indian Council of Medical Research shows that government has ramped up COVID-19 testing facilities in India where 334,811,496 tests had been conducted till Tuesday, including 2,217,320 on Tuesday alone while three COVID-19 vaccines are being used in India’s vaccination efforts namely: Covishield, Covaxin, and Sputnik-V.

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