India records 34,457 new COVID cases, 375 deaths in last 24 hours

New Delhi: India recorded 34,457 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry informed on Saturday (August 21, 2021). The country also reported 36,347 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery count to 3,15,97, 982. Additionally, the country also reported 375 deaths on Saturday, taking the death toll to 4,33,964. 

The number of active cases has dipped to 3,61,340 which is the lowest in 151 days. The recovery rate is at 97.54 percent which is the highest since March 2020. The daily positivity rate is at 2 percent while the weekly positivity rate is at 1.98 percent less than 3 percent for the last 57 days, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

A reduction of 2,265 cases has been recorded in the active caseload in a span of 24 hours.

Additionally, As many as 17,21,205 COVID-19 tests were conducted on Friday, taking the total number of tests done so far in the country to 50,45,76,158. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 3,15,97,982, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34 per cent, the data stated. So far, 57.61 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered under the nationwide vaccination drive.

Meanwhile, the sources told Zee Media that the Serum Institute of India (SII) has filed for World Health Organization (WHO) emergency use listing (EUL) for its upcoming COVID-19 vaccine Covovax. The sources said that the global health body has accepted the application of the Pune-based pharmaceutical company and a pre-submission meeting was also held between the Serum Institute of India and WHO on August 10. 

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