India recorded 18,139 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, according to Union health ministry update on Friday. With this, the nationwide tally reached 10,413,417.
The number of active cases stood at 2,25,449. After a marginal rise on Thursday, the active cases declined by 2,634, according to health ministry update at 8 am.
The disease claimed 234 lives in the last 24 hours, which pushed the death toll to 1,50,570.
The government is holding a dry run today, to prepare health authorities ahead of the official roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine which is expected in a few days. The second nationwide dry run will take place in 33 states and Union Territories (UTs).
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan interacted with the ministers and principal secretaries/additional chief secretaries of the states/UTs on Thursday to review the preparedness for today’s dry run.