India reported 3.34,395 new COVID-19 cases and 2,709 deaths as of 9:15 p.m. Saturday.

The country has so far reported a total of 1,941,735 cases and 2,14,490 deaths.

Maharashtra reported 63,282 infections, accounting for almost 19% of new cases, followed by Karnataka (40,990) and Kerala (35,636).

Maharashtra also recorded the highest number of casualties (802) on Saturday. Uttar Pradesh followed with 303 new deaths, while Karnataka recorded 271 new victims.

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Figures do not include cases and deaths in the islands of Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Punjab, Assam, Andaman and Nicobar and Ladakh.

The data comes from covid19india.org, an independent aggregator of daily COVID-19 numbers.

No less than 19,45,299 samples were tested in the country on Friday (the results of which were made available on Saturday), the largest number of tests carried out in a single day. For the second day in a row, the number of daily tests carried out crossed the 19 lakh mark.

A total of 28.83 crore samples have been tested in the country since the start of the pandemic last year.

Almost 27.44 lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were administered in the 24 hours ending at 7 a.m. on Saturday, which is 5.1 lakh more than was administered in the previous 24 hours. It is also 2.1 lakh higher than what was recorded at the same time a week ago. A total of 15.49 crore in doses had been administered at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in India has dropped significantly in the last 15 days of April.

On April 15, about 32.69 lakh doses were administered daily across the country on average. However, as of April 30, only about 23.72 lakh doses were being administered daily in the country on average.

India leads the world in the average number of reported infections and deaths recorded daily.

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