India’s COVID-19 case tally is now above 1.83 crore with 3,79,257 new cases reported, as per the health ministry’s April 29 update. New cases were above the 3-lakh mark for the eighth consecutive day, recording a new high.
India reported 3,645 new deaths (highest ever) and 2,69,507 new recoveries in the last 24 hours, the latest release showed. More than 15 crore vaccinations have been administered across India, according to the April 29 update, with 21,93,281 new vaccinations in the last 24 hours.
Of the total vaccinations administered to date, 83 percent are recipients of their first dose while 17 percent have received the second dose. Among states, Maharashtra has administered the most 15.58 million vaccine doses, followed by Rajasthan (12.81 million) and Uttar Pradesh (12.17 million).
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 now has 30,84,814 active cases, with an increase of 1,06,105 cases in 24 hours, as per the April 29 update. Maharashtra reported the most (6,75,451 or 22 percent) active cases in the country, followed by Karnataka (3,28,903) and Uttar Pradesh (3,00,041).
Maharashtra also reported the most (63,309 or 17 percent) new cases in the last 24 hours, followed by Karnataka (39,047), Kerala (35,013), Uttar Pradesh (29,751) and Delhi (25,986). These five states account for 51 percent of all the new cases reported in India.
Maharashtra also reported the most 1,035 or 28 percent new deaths as per April 29 update, followed by Delhi (368), Chhattisgarh (279), Uttar Pradesh (265) and Karnataka (229). These five states account for 60 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country.
About seven states and union territories did not report any deaths today. These include Arunachal Pradesh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Ladakh, Lakshadweep, Mizoram and Tripura.
The total recoveries in India are now over 1.50 crore while the recovery rate further slipped to 82.1 percent. Maharashtra recorded the most 61,181 new recoveries, followed by Uttar Pradesh (35,903), Delhi (20,458), Chhattisgarh (15,506) and Kerala (15,505).
Total COVID-19 deaths in India now stand at 2,04,832 as per April 29 update. The mortality rate stands at 1.1 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (2.4 percent). Over 17 lakh daily tests reported as of April 28 with more than 28.44 crore tests carried out to date.
Globally, more than 15.02 crore COVID-19 cases have been recorded till date with 31.64 lakh deaths. Over 1.87 crore active cases reported across the world as on date with the US accounting for the most (36 percent), followed by India (16 percent).