New Delhi: India on Friday (July 2) reported 46,617 new Covid-19 cases down from 48,786 cases up reported on the previous day, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare statistics. The cases went down by almost 2000 as compared to the previous day. 853 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, down from 1005 deaths reported for the same period on Thursday.
On discharges, 59,384 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 2,95,48,302 patient recoveries. Active cases in the country declined from 5,23,257 on Thursday to 5,09,637 on Friday.
As many as 41,42,51,520 samples have been tested so far in the country, out of these 18,80,026 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.
The total number of cases in the country now stands at 3,04,58,251 cases on Friday while the death toll reached 4,00,312 deaths on July 2.
On the vaccination front, the nation crossed the 34 crore mark on July 2 with the current tally at 34,00,76,232 doses since January 16.
Out of this 42,64,123 vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours alone, taking the total to 34,00,76,232 doses.
The new infections had stayed above 200,000-mark since April 15. The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new Covid-19 cases.
Within a fortnight, the numbers doubled, which sounded alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grappled with resource crunch. India had crossed the grim milestone of two crores on May 4.
However, cases have started to come down since June, with many states gradually allowing relaxations in lockdown curbs.
However, the discovery of a new variant of the virus named Delta plus variant has given rise to worries of an impending third wave of the pandemic.
The Ministry of Health has already written to three states to ensure that the variant does not cause a fresh outbreak in the country.
AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria has predicted that if Covid-19 norms are not properly followed the third wave could strike within six to eight weeks and added that until a large part of the population is not vaccinated, social distancing and other protocols remain the best weapon to fight Covid-19.