India recorded 38,164 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 499 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday, the country saw a total of 38,660 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery to 3,03,08,456. The total cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 3,11,44,229 with 4,21,665 active cases, the data showed. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,14,108.
A total of 40,64,81,493 people have so far been vaccinated across the country.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.
It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19 last year.
|S. No.||Name of State / UT||Active Cases*||Cured/Discharged/Migrated*||Deaths**|
|Total||Change since yesterday||Cumulative||Change since yesterday||Cumulative||Change since yesterday|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||16||7361||1||129|
|8||Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||16||10574||1||4|
|14||Jammu and Kashmir||2017||99||313375||277||4363||1|
Meanwhile, America’s Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy on Sunday expressed concern over the “significant increase” in COVID-19 cases in the US, especially among the unvaccinated population, urging people to get vaccinated and assuring them that the current set of vaccines are highly effective against coronavirus.
The Indian-American doctor said the vaccinated people are “highly protected” and 99.5 per cent of the deaths recorded from the COVID-19 infection are among those who are unvaccinated.
This is an issue of concern especially given the Delta variant, Murthy told CNN in an interview.
“What we’re seeing in LA County is concerning, this rise in cases. Unfortunately, we are seeing rises particularly among the unvaccinated in many parts of the country now and especially given the Delta variant,” he said.
“What the CDC did in its guidance about – close to two months ago now, is based on the science saying that your risk of getting sick or transmitting the virus was low if you were fully vaccinated. They gave communities and individuals the flexibility to make decisions about what to do with masks,” he said.