India’s COVID-19 case tally is above 3.03 crore with 37,566 new cases (lowest in 103 days) reported, as per the health ministry’s June 29 update. New cases below 40,000 for the first time after 102 days and less than 60,000 for a 10th straight day.
As many as 907 new deaths reported (lowest in 77 days) in the last 24 hours, new recoveries at 56,994 in the same period, the latest release showed. Recoveries outnumber the daily new cases for the 47th consecutive day.
More than 32.90 crore vaccinations have been administered across India, according to the June 29 update, with 52,76,457 new vaccination doses administered on Monday.
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.
Of the total vaccinations administered to date, 82 percent are recipients of their first dose while 18 percent have received the second dose. Among states, Maharashtra administered the most (cumulative) vaccine doses at 3.18 crore, followed by Uttar Pradesh at 3.10 crore and Gujarat at 2.51 crore.
India now has 5,52,659 active cases with a fall of 20,335 cases in 24 hours, as per the June 29 update. Maharashtra has the highest number of active cases at 1,21,050 in the country followed by Karnataka at 97,615 and Kerala at 96,472. These three states account for 57 percent of all active cases in the country.
Kerala reported the most new cases at 8,063 in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (6,727), Tamil Nadu (4,804), Odisha (3,319) and Assam (2,689). These five states account for 68 percent of all the new cases reported in India.
Maharashtra reported the most 287 new deaths, as per the June 29 update, followed by Kerala (110), Tamil Nadu (98), Karnataka (93) and Odisha (43). These five states account for 70 percent of all the new deaths reported in the country.
Arunachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Jharkhand, Ladakh and Lakshadweep did not report any deaths today.
The total recoveries in India now stand over 2.93 crore with the recovery rate at 96.9 percent. Kerala recorded the most 11,529 new recoveries, followed by Maharashtra (10,812), Tamil Nadu (6,553), Karnataka (5,933) and Andhra Pradesh (4,714).
Total COVID-19 deaths in India now stand at 3,97,637 as per June 29 update. The mortality rate is now at 1.3 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (2.7 percent). Over 17 lakh daily tests reported on June 28 with more than 40.81 crore tests carried out to date.
Globally, more than 18.21 crore COVID-19 cases have been recorded to date with 39.45 lakh deaths. Active cases across the world now stand at 1.14 crore as on date with the US accounting for the most (43 percent), followed by India (5 percent).