1,20,529 COVID cases, 3,380 deaths reported in 24 hours in India

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India reported 1,20,529 COVID cases and 3,380 deaths, according to data from the country’s Health Ministry. The total tally of coronavirus infections in the country has now risen to 2,86,94,879 while the death toll has touched 3,44,082. Active cases have dropped to 15,55,248 and as many as 22,78,60,317 people have been vaccinated so far, the Health Ministry said.

Meanwhile, just nine corporate hospital groups in big cities have cornered 50 percent of the COVID vaccine stock meant for the private sector in the month of May, reflecting the problem of vaccine inequity.

These nine corporate hospital groups cumulatively bought 60.57 lakh doses of the total 1.20 crore doses of vaccines procured by private hospitals in the first full month since the GOI revised its vaccine policy and opened it to the market. The balance 50 percent of the vaccine stock was procured by 300-odd hospitals, located mostly in the country’s urban centers, with hardly any of them serving regions beyond the Tier-2 cities.

The government of Maharashtra late Friday started a five-level unlock plan for the state based on the positivity rate and occupancy of oxygenated beds in each district. The plan will come into effect as soon as district and civic authorities issue orders in their respective areas. Under the plan, districts falling in “Level 1” will have the least restrictions, while those in “Level 5” will have near lockdown-like curbs.


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