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Coronavirus LIVE updates: India records 51,667 new cases, 1,329 deaths – Business Standard

A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a porter at a railway station in Ahmedabad, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (PTI Photo)

A health worker administers a dose of Covid-19 vaccine to a porter at a railway station in Ahmedabad, Wednesday, June 23, 2021. (PTI Photo)

live updates: India logged on Friday 51,667 new Covid-19 infections to take its total case load to 3,01,34,445, said the after collating data over past 24 hours. The country recorded 1,329 deaths from the disease to take total fatalities to 3,93,310.

India’s test positivity rate (positive cases identified for every 100 tests) continues to fall. For the 18th straight running, it is below the 5 per cent-mark at 2.98 per cent. WHO’s criteria, published in May 2020, say a positivity rate of less than 5 per cent is one indicator that the infection is under control in a place.

India vaccinated more than 8 million people earlier this week but even this unprecedented pace may not be fast enough for a country just emerging from a devastating second wave to head off a third one, experts say. As more states lift lockdowns, the average number of passengers travelling per day has tripled from a low of 42,000 in May to 125,000, from the third week of June onwards.

World update: The world is bracing for a new wave of Covid-19 infections, as the pandemic has infected more than 175 million people and killed more than 3.8 million globally since late January, the Bloomberg Tracker said. Romania will have to destroy about 35,000 doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine that expire on June 30 because of little interest from citizens to get the shot. Singapore said it plans to give a first Covid-19 vaccine shot to most of its population by July after securing more supplies.

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