India recorded 2,622,829 new cases and 3,841 new deaths on Tuesday at 9:30 p.m. The country has so far reported 2.54 90,929 cases and 2,822,592 deaths.

Tamil Nadu reported 33,059 infections, followed by Kerala (31,337) and Karnataka (30,309). Maharashtra recorded 679 new victims during the day, followed by Karnataka (525) and Tamil Nadu (364).

The figures do not include cases and deaths from Jharkhand, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Ladakh and Lakshadweep. The data comes from the health bulletins of the respective states.

India recorded 4,334 deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, the highest single-day death spike since the start of the pandemic. As a result, India surpassed the highest number of COVID-19-related deaths in Brazil in a single day (4,249). Only the United States (4,475) recorded more deaths in one day than India.

About 18.69 lakh samples were tested on Monday (the results of which were made available on Tuesday), or about 2.96 lakh more tests than those carried out on Sunday. The average daily rate of test positivity (positive cases identified per 100 tests) continues to decline. It was 22.7% on May 9 and dropped to 17.6% as of May 17.

About 15.1 lakh doses of vaccine were administered in the 24 hours ending Tuesday at 7 a.m., or 8.19 lakh doses more than had been recorded in the previous 24 hours. However, this is 9.3 lakh less than what was recorded in the same period a week ago. As of May 17, the average daily vaccination rate was 16.77 lakh, which is significantly lower than the average daily doses given on April 17 which were 30.03 lakh.

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