India reports 46,759 new Covid cases, 509 deaths in 24 hours

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India reported 46,759 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, which is the highest in nearly two months, taking the overall Covid-19 tally to 3,26,49,947.

The number of daily Covid-19 deaths also increased by over 500. With 509 fatalities, the death toll surged to 4,37,370, according to Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.

Kerala remains the top contributor to India’s Covid-19 tally with 32,801 new infections.

The number of active cases in the country has surged to 3,59,775 and now accounts for 1.10 per cent of India’s total Covid infections. The national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.56 per cent, the ministry said.

Kerala has been reporting high Covid-19 cases for over a month now. The state was advised by the Centre to follow a fivefold strategy to control the spread of Coronavirus infections, along with Maharashtra.

Union Health Secretary in a letter has asked the two states to consider night curfews in areas with high coronavirus case numbers as the country reported more than 40,000 new infections for two days in a row on Friday.

Kerala has accounted for more than half of the total active cases, followed by 16% in the western state of Maharashtra.

Meanwhile, India achieved a new milestone by administering the highest doses of vaccination. Over one crore does of Covid-19 vaccine were given in one day for the first time yesterday, according to the data from Union Health Ministry. A total of 1,00,64, 032 doses of vaccine were administered on Friday.

The country also achieved the highest weekly vaccination figure of nearly 4.5 crore doses from 21 to 27 August.

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