New cases fall to 222,315 while India’s Covid-19 death toll tops 300,000

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The death toll from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in India has risen to 303,720, with 4,454 persons succumbing in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) dashboard. After the United States and Brazil, India is just the third country to have recorded more than 300,000 deaths from the viral epidemic.

India’s daily Covid-19 death toll has lingered around the 4000-mark in recent days, even crossing it on few occasions. On May 19, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported 4,529 deaths in the previous 24 hours, the greatest single-day death toll anywhere in the globe since the pandemic began. There have been 4,329 connected fatalities in the previous 24-hour period.

Meanwhile, the country’s Covid-19 count has risen to 26,752,447 after 222,315 positive cases were discovered in a 24-hour period. Active cases have decreased by 84,683 from the previous bulletin, bringing the total number of recovered cases to 23,728,011.

On the vaccination front, the monitor indicated that 942,722 additional doses were given, bringing the total number of doses given to 196,051,962.

According to the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 1,928,127 tests were performed in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of tests conducted to 330,536,064. This was the first occasion since May 18 that fewer than two million tests were performed in a single day; on that day, 1,869,223 tests were performed.

To further stop the virus’s transmission chain, several states and union territories (UTs) have extended restrictions until the end of the month. On Sunday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the extension of a current lockdown till May 31, stating that if the number of daily cases in the city continues to reduce, the Capital will begin “unlocking” on that date. Maharashtra’s financial hub is also on a “mini-lockdown” until June.

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