India records 2.59 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases, 4,209 fatalities

Our Bureau. New Delhi | Updated on May 21, 2021

7.36 lakh people in 18-44 years get first dose of vaccination

India reported 2,59,551 cases on Friday, with 4,209 deaths in the 24 hours till 8:00 am. Cumulatively, it reported 2,60,31,991, of which the total active cases were 30,27,925, the numbers of those who had recovered was 2,27,12,735 and the death toll was 4,209, as per the Health Ministry.

Meanwhile, India administered 19,18,79,503 with 14,82,754 vaccine doses given in a single day till 8:00 am. In phase-3 of the vaccination drive that covers the 18-44 years age group, as many as 85,84,054 vaccine doses have been administered across 36 States and Union Territories.

As many as 7,36,514 beneficiaries in the 18-44 years age group had received their first dose till 8 pm on Thursday. It is to be noted that the total number of tests conducted in India stood at 20,61,683 on Thursday.

Following their interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Covid management, district officials have shared some innovations and best practices to deal with the current crisis. According to them, door-to-door testing using Rapid Antigen Tests and RT-PCR in rural areas has brought down the positivity rate from 38 per cent to 2.8 per cent in a period of one month in Raebareli, Uttar pradesh.

In Gurugram, Haryana, a digital portal for real-time tracking of bed occupancy, oxygen consumption in all 102 hospitals as well as availability of ambulances is in use. Use of taxi ambulances in Chennai, Tamil Nadu and establishment and operation of Isolation centres and Covid care centres with the active cooperation of resident welfare associations or RWAs in Gautam Budhh Nagar District of Uttar Pradesh, are some examples of best practices in managing the infection.



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Published on May 21, 2021

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