India reported 35,342 new Covid-19 cases and 483 deaths in the last 24 hours, ending at 8 am on Friday. With this, the country’s overall caseload rose to around 3.12 crore (3,12,93,062), while its death toll has increased to over 4.19 lakh (4,19,470).
Of the new cases registered on Thursday, the biggest contributor was once again Kerala, where 12,818 more people tested positive for the illness. Maharashtra contributed 7,302 new cases, the second-highest nationwide.
After a two-day rise, active cases started to decline on Thursday. According to the Union Health Ministry’s latest update, the country has a total of about 4.05 lakh active cases at present. Around 1.29 lakh of these were in Kerala while Maharashtra had over 94,000. While the daily positivity rate was recorded at 2.12 per cent, the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 97.36 per cent, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.
Over 54.76 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of jabs administered as part of India’s nationwide vaccination drive to 42.34 crore. Also, 16,68,561 tests to detect the infection were carried out on Thursday, taking the total number of such tests conducted so far in the country to 45,29,39,545.
Spacing Pfizer Covid shots boosts antibody levels after initial drop, study shows
A longer gap between doses of Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine leads to higher overall antibody levels than a shorter gap, a British study found on Friday, noting that there is, however, a sharp drop in antibody levels after the first dose.
The study might help inform vaccination strategies against the Delta variant, which reduces the effectiveness of a first dose of the vaccine even though two doses are still found to be protective.
(With PTI inputs)