The Union health ministry of India expressed concern over a slowdown in the rate of decline of COVID-19 cases over the last few weeks on Tuesday, reports PTI.  

The health ministry further said that 54 districts in 12 states/Union Territories have reported more than 10% COVID case positivity in the week ending on July 26.

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Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the health ministry, said, “The average daily new cases declined from 3,87,029 cases between May 5-11 to 38,090 cases between July 21- 27. In the past few weeks, there has been a slowdown/reduction in the rate of decline, which remains an area of concern.”

What is worrying the health ministry even more is that 22 districts in seven states show an increasing trend in daily COVID cases for the last four weeks. Further, eight districts, which were earlier seeing a decline in positivity rate are now witnessing a rise in cases.

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India reported 29,689 fresh COVID-19 infections on Tuesday. 415 people had died of the disease in the preceding 24 hours. India has seen a cumulative total of 3,14,40,951 COVID-19 cases and 4,21,382 deaths till date, according to the health ministry.

Active cases in India have fallen by 13,089 and currently stand at 3,98,100. They comprise 1.31% of the total caseload. 42,363 patients recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,06,21,469.

The recovery rate stands at 97.35%. 

India's tally of daily infections on Tuesday was the lowest reported in nearly four months and was below 30,000 for the first time in the last 132 days.

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Meanwhile, India is likely to miss its vaccination target for July, reports the Indian Express. The Indian government had set a target of 13.5 crore vaccine doses in July. Till Sunday, 9.94 crore doses of vaccines have been administered in July at an average of 38.26 lakh doses per day.

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If the current pace continues, India will have administered 12.5 crore doses by the end of July. If India has to meet its target, the country must administer 60 lakh doses daily, a number that has been attained only twice this month.