India’s COVID-19 case tally is above 3.15 crore with 43,509 new cases reported, as per the health ministry’s July 29 update. New cases below 50,000 for the 32nd day.
As many as 640 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, new recoveries at 38,465 in the same period, the latest release showed.
More than 45.07 crore vaccinations have been administered across India, according to the July 29 update, with 43,92,697 new vaccination doses administered on Wednesday.
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, 78 percent are recipients of their first dose while 22 percent have received the second dose. Among states, Uttar Pradesh administered the most (cumulative) vaccine doses at 4.63 crore, followed by Maharashtra at 4.27 crore and Gujarat at 3.22 crore.
India has 4,03,840 active cases, up by 4,404 cases in 24 hours, as per the July 29 update. Rise in active cases for the second consecutive day, highest rise in 77 days. Kerala has the highest number of active cases at 1,50,040 in the country (above 1.5 lakh mark after 52 days), followed by Maharashtra at 85,913. These two states account for 58 percent of active cases in the country.
Kerala reported the most new cases at 22,056 in the last 24 hours, followed by Maharashtra (6,857), Andhra Pradesh (2,010), Tamil Nadu (1,756) and Odisha (1,703). These five states account for 79 percent of all the new cases reported in India.
Maharashtra reported the most 286 new deaths, as per the July 29 update, followed by Kerala (131), Odisha (69), Tamil Nadu (29) and Assam (21). These five states account for 84 percent of all deaths reported in the country.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Bihar, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Gujarat, Ladakh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Sikkim and Uttarakhand did not report any deaths today.
The total recoveries in India now stand over 3.07 crore with the recovery rate at 97.4 percent. Kerala recorded the most 17,761 new recoveries, followed by Maharashtra (6,105), Tamil Nadu (2,394), Andhra Pradesh (1,965) and Assam (1,791).
Total COVID-19 deaths in India now stand at 4,22,662 as per the July 29 update. The mortality rate is now at 1.3 percent with Punjab reporting the highest (2.7 percent). Over 17 lakh daily tests were reported on July 28 with more than 46.26 crore tests carried out to date.
Globally, more than 19.67 crore COVID-19 cases have been recorded to date with over 42.03 lakh deaths. Active cases across the world rose to 1.43 crore as on date, with the US accounting for the most (37 percent); India (3 percent).