New Delhi: India on Thursday reported a dip in new cases with 41,383 new infections down from the previous day tally of 42,015 cases reported on Wednesday. The tally dropped by 632 cases after a surge reported on Wednesday. On July 21 the cases had shown a sharp rise of 12,000 cases of Covid-19.
The country in the last 24 hours recorded 507 deaths on Thursday.
On the recovery front, there was a welcome surge as 38,652 after a dip of 36,977 recoveries registered on Wednesday, taking the total tally to 3,04,29,339 patients out of hospitals till date.
Active cases in the country showed a mild spike after declining for the past three days with 4,09,394 active infections from 4,07,170 cases on Wednesday.
With these additions, the total case tally has now gone up to 3,12,57,720 while the death toll now stands at 4,18,987 lives lost so far.
India has so far administered 41,78,51,151 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, out of these 22,77,679 doses were given in the last 24 hours. There is a dip recorded on Thursday, after single-day vaccination tally stood at 34,25,446 doses on Wednesday.
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.