India's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases has reached 173,763, including 4,971 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry's latest update.
Of these, 86,422 are active cases while 82,369 have been cured or discharged.
The data was updated at 8 am on May 30 on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's (MoH&FW) website.
With 62,228 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state, followed by Tamil Nadu (20,246), Delhi (17,386) and Gujarat (15,934).
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
India registered another record single-day spike of 265 deaths and 7,964 cases in the past 24 hours, according to the ministry. India is the ninth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic.
|S. No.||Name of State / UT||Active Cases*||Cured/Discharged/Migrated*||Deaths**||Total Confirmed cases*|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||0||33||0||33|
|8||Dadar Nagar Haveli||2||0||0||2|
|14||Jammu and Kashmir||1261||875||28||2164|
|Cases being reassigned to states||5043||5043|
|*(Including foreign Nationals)|
|**( more than 70% cases due to comorbidities )|
|#States wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation|
|#Our figures are being reconciled with ICMR|
There have been over 59.3 lakh confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally. At least 3.65 lakh people have died so far, as per data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre. The US, Brazil, Russia, United Kingdom and Spain are the top most-affected countries.