From the verge of a third wave of Covid-19, India is fighting back against the deadly novel coronavirus. The daily active case is showing a steady decline between 50,000-55,000 since 16 May, after a devastating April, and terrifying May beginning. The county has averted an impending catastrophe thanks to the coordinated efforts of the government and health professionals. The state governments also rose up to the occasion with strict preventive measures, including complete shutdown and travel bans.
The number of active cases started showing a downward trend from May 16, and it still continues much to the relief of Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Reacting to the good news, PM Narendra Modi took a cautious approach and said continuous efforts would be made to increase the supply of COVID vaccines on a large scale.
As the government’s onus is on citizens, there is a need to speed up the vaccination programme to further reduce the caseload and death toll. Inoculating a population of 1.3 billion is a Herculean task, and states like Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Kerala have already floated global tenders to ensure availability of vaccines.
The vaccination drive also gained momentum in the country with 39.3% of the high risk category of people above 60 years getting vaccinated against the deadly corona virus. The vaccination rate of other age group is also increasing day by day.
As on 18 May, the vaccination rate of people belonging to age category of 45-60 years is 45.1%, while 30-45 years and 18-30 years are 9.9% and 5.7% respectively. Remarkably, the Indian government has also supplied about 66 million doses of vaccines to 95 countries, of which 10.5-11 million doses were given for free to neighbour countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka Bangladesh, and Bhutan.
Here’s the state-wise number of active cases and death as disclosed by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.
Another big relief is the drop in the daily positivity rate, which is now at 16.98%, according to the union health ministry. The total active caseload now constitutes 14.66% of the country’s total infections, and 10 states – Karnataka, Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh – collectively account for 74.69% of the country’s total active cases. Meanwhile, the steady drop in active cases and casualties prove India’s fight against the virus is moving in the right direction. The country has so far reported a total of 25.22 million cases and 278,719 deaths.
Covishield, AstraZeneca’s vaccine manufactured by Serum Institute of India, Covaxin manufactured by Bharat Biotech Limited, and Sputnik V, vaccine developed by Russia’s Gamaleya Research Institute of Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow are the three available vaccines in India now.