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India’s Covid chart showed improvement today, with the country recording 33,376 cases, a drop of 4.5 per cent from yesterday. About 308 deaths were recorded during the period, according to the Health Ministry. Kerala added 25,010 cases and 177 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 43,34,704 and the number of deaths to 22,303.. The positivity rate rose to 16.53 per cent on Wednesday after testing  1,51,317 samples in the last 24 hours.Maharashtra’s case recovery rate stands at 97.05 per cent while the fatality rate is 2.12 per cent.No virus-related death was recorded in Delhi in a day while 36 fresh cases were reported during the same period with a positivity rate of 0.05 per cent, according to data shared by the city health department on Friday.In neighbouring Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced that state government employees failing to take even the first dose of Covid vaccine for any reason other than medical will be compulsorily sent on leave after September 15.Active cases constitute 1.18 per cent of total cases, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate stands 97.49 per cent per cent, the Union Health Ministry said. The daily positivity rate now stands at 2.10 per cent.The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 73 crore. More than 56 lakh vaccine doses were administered till 7 pm on Friday.Fully vaccinated people were 11 times less likely to die of Covid and 10 times less likely to be hospitalized compared to the unvaccinated since highly contagious Delta became the most common variant, US health authorities said Friday.The country took 24 days to reach 40 crore vaccinations from 30 crore doses and then 20 more days to cross 50 crore vaccinations on August 6. In 2020, India’s Covid tally crossed the 20 lakh-mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.Last year too, the tally went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one crore-mark on December 19.The coronavirus has killed at least 4,529,715 people since the outbreak emerged in China in December 2019, according to news agency AFP. The US is the worst-affected country with 652,654 deaths, followed by Brazil with 584,421, India with 441,749, Mexico 265,420 and Peru 198,595.

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