India has recorded 1,58,333 cases of the novel coronavirus and 4,531 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest update.
Of these, 86,110 are active cases while 67,692 have been cured or discharged.
The data was updated at 8.00 am on May 28 on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website.
With nearly 57,000 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (18,545), Delhi (15,257) and Gujarat (15,195).
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A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
Domestic flight operations to and from Kolkata will resume on May 28, as the city begins recovering from Cyclone Amphan.
The Centre may extend the nationwide lockdown till June 15, News18 reported. The fourth phase of the lockdown ends after May 31.
|S. No.||Name of State / UT||Total Confirmed cases*||Cured/Discharged/Migrated||Deaths**|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||33||33||0|
|8||Dadra Nagar Haveli||2||0||0|
|14||Jammu and Kashmir||1921||854||26|
|Cases being reassigned to states||4332|
|*(Including foreign nationals)|
|**(More than 70 percent cases due to comorbidities )|
|#State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation|
|#Figures are being reconciled with ICMR|
Globally, nearly 57 lakh infections and more than 3.5 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Follow our full coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic here.