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  • India has reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and had come down below the 2 lakh mark.

  • India has also witnessed a sharp decline in active cases in the last few days.

  • The government of India has provided 26,69,14,930 vaccine doses to the states and UTs through the free of cost channel and direct state procurement.

New Delhi: There has been sharp decline in both new and active Covid-19 cases across India for the last few days, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Addressing a digital press conference on current situation, Joint Secretary, Health, Lav Agarwal said that in the 24 hours, India has reported 86,490 new cases, while on May 7, daily cases were at 4.14 lakh, but had come down to 2.67 lakh on May 19 and had come down below the 2 lakh mark.

"Observing the decline of Covid cases per day, we have analysed that India has witnssed around 79 per cent reduction in daily cases, which is a big development for all of us but, we have to continue work on strict Covid behaviour," he said.

According to the Health Ministry, the daily Covid positivity rate has declined by 33 per cent.

India has also witnessed a sharp decline in active cases in the last few days. As per the ministry, active cases, as on May 10, were reported at an average of 37.45 lakh, but now have reduced to 13 lakh, or a dip of around 65 per cent.

Over 1.05 Cr COVID Vaccine Doses Available With States, UTs

More than 1.05 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses are still available with states and union territories while over 47,43,580 doses are in the pipeline and will reach them within the next three days, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday.

So far, the government of India has provided 26,69,14,930 vaccine doses to the states and UTs through the free of cost channel and direct state procurement.

Of these, the total consumption, including wastage, is 25,67,21,069 doses, according to data available at 8 am on Tuesday.

A total of 1,05,61,861 Covid vaccine doses are still available with the states and UTs to be administered, the ministry said.

"Furthermore, more than 47,43,580 vaccine doses are in the pipeline and will be received by them within the next three days," it said.

As part of the nationwide vaccination drive, the government of India has been supporting the states and UTs by providing them Covid vaccines free of cost. The government has also been facilitating the direct procurement of vaccines by the states and UTs.

Vaccination is an integral pillar of the comprehensive strategy of the government of India for containment and management of the pandemic, along with test, track, treat and Covid-appropriate behaviour, the ministry said.

Implementation of the Liberalised and Accelerated Phase-3 Strategy of COVID-19 Vaccination started from May 1.

Under the strategy, every month, 50 per cent of the total Central Drugs Laboratory (CDL) cleared vaccine doses of any manufacturer would be procured by the government of India. It would continue to make these doses available to the state governments free of cost as was being done earlier, the ministry said.

(With PTI Inputs)

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