India logged in 4,03,738 fresh Covid cases and 4,092 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the overall Covid tally to 2.22 crore. Notably, the country saw over 4 lakh daily infections for the fourth time in a week and over 4,000 deaths for the second straight day.
Here are 10 points on the Covid situation
- The number of active cases stands at 3,736,648 and 18,317,404 people have recovered since the start of the pandemic, said the health ministry.
- More than 2 lakh people have succumbed to the pandemic in India. On April 28, India recorded more than 3,000 deaths in a day and breached the 4,000 mark on May 8.
- However, the Covid numbers have declined marginally over the past three days after hitting a peak of 4,14,554 on Thursday.
- India recorded more than 1 lakh daily cases on April 5 for the first time since the pandemic began. By April 22, India had breached the 3 lakh mark in daily cases, TOI reported.
- In the absence of a nationwide lock down a number of states have imposed complete lockdown to curb the virus spread. Tamil Nadu was the latest to impose a state-wide lockdown from May 10 to May 24.
- 9 states/UTs have reported a dip in Covid active cases including Maharashtra (-26,552), Uttar Pradesh (-8382), Delhi (-3128).
- More than 40 percent of India’s 741 districts, or 301 of them, had a Covid-19 positivity rate of 20 percent or more for the week from May 1 to May 7, reported the TOI quoting data by the health ministry on Saturday.
- Data released by the government, on Covid patients requiring critical care has revealed that nearly 50,000 people are currently in ICUs while over 14,000 on ventilator support.
- Meanwhile, the Supreme Court on Saturday set up a 12-member National Task Force (NTF) to facilitate public health response to Covid-19, including streamlining of oxygen distribution in the country, based on scientific and specialized domain knowledge.
- With over 158,298,851 coronavirus cases worldwide, the US remains the worst-hit country with 33,452,659 cases, followed by India, Brazil, France, and Turkey.