India CoViD tally reaches 2.34 crore; Death toll at 2.54 lakh

Wednesday surge in cases at 3,48,421, while country posts 4205 new deaths in the past 24 hours

India CoViD tally reaches 2.34 crore; Death toll at 2.54 lakh

India’s CoViD-19 tally reached 2,33,40,938 on Wednesday with 3,48,421 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours. The country recorded one of its highest single-day death tolls by the pandemic at 4,205 on the day taking the total deaths so far to 2,54,197. According to the Health Ministry data, the active cases have reduced to 37,04,099 comprising 15.87% of the total infections, while the national CoViD-19 recovery rate has improved to a now 83.04%. While the number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 1,93,82,642. 

 
Following Kerala and Karnataka states, which had announced complete lockdown due to the surge in cases, many more states, including Tamil Nadu and Telangana, have now declared full lockdown to control the spread. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu government has announced a compensation of Rs 25 lakh each to the families of 43 doctors, who lost their lives fighting the pandemic. The M K Stalin-led government has also announced incentives for doctors, nurses and paramedics, who are involved in CoViD duty for April, May and June months.
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will hold a meeting today, with the health ministers of some states that are lagging behind in Covid-19 vaccination. He will meet the health ministers of Jammu & Kashmir, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha and Telangana.