India recorded 1,20,529 people testing positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, as per the Union health ministry on Saturday. This is the lowest number of fresh infections on record in the country since 7 April. Now, the cumulative caseload has reached 2,86,94,879.
New fatalities also saw a huge jump in the last 24 hours with 3,380 more people succumbing to the disease.
With the decline in new infections now, the central government has been warning against any laxity or laid back attitude towards the virus. The government reiterates the importance of following Covid-19 appropriate behaviour.
Moreover, a fast-paced vaccination drive is also vital in breaking the chain and curtailing fresh rise in coronavirus cases.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India has tested 36,11,74,142 samples for Covid-19 until now.
The Centre is in talks with Pfizer to procure its Covid-19 vaccine. Also, a new study in Lancet shows that the dose is less effective against the Delta variant (B.1.617.2).
The study highlights that the efficacy of Covid vaccines against B.1.617.2 was not clear so it carried out an initial analysis to track serological responses to vaccination.
It concludes that two doses of the vaccine would provide better protection against the new strain.
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