New Delhi, July 20: India once again crossed the 20,000 mark, reporting 20,557 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours.
With this, the total tally of coronavirus cases reach 4,38,03,619 and active cases rise to 1,45,654, the Union Health Ministry informed on Wednesday. The country witnessed 40 new Covid-related deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 5,25,825.
The active cases in the country account for 0.33 percent of the total infections. According to the health ministry, the national Covid-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.47 percent.
Talking about the national Covid vaccination drive, India recently surpassed the 200-crore vaccination mark. Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a letter to all vaccinators of the country and lauded their efforts in the battle against Covid-19.
"The scale and speed that India imparted to the world's largest vaccination programme has been spectacular and this has happened due to the efforts of people like you," PM Modi wrote.
"Our COVID-19 vaccination journey commenced on January 16, 2021 and on July 17, 2022, we achieved yet another milestone. It was a memorable day for the country as India surpassed the 200-crore vaccination mark. This is a landmark achievement in our battle against the COVID-19 pandemic," PM Modi added
He further said, "Our vaccinators, healthcare workers, healthcare support staff and frontline workers have played a critical role in protecting Indians. This is a laudable example of dedication to duty and delivering when it is most necessary."