New Delhi: India on Thursday (July 1) reported 48,786 new COVID-19 cases up from a previous day’s tally of 45,951 cases according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare statistics. The cases went up by almost 2800 as compared to the previous day. 1005 deaths were reported in the same period.
On discharges, 61,588 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 2,94,88,918 patient recoveries. Active cases in the country declined from 5,37,064 on Wednesday to 5,23,257 on Thursday.
As many as 19,21,450 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research.
On the vaccination front, the nation crossed the 33 crore mark on June 30 with the current tally at 33,57,16,019 doses since January 16.
Out of this, 27,60,345 vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours alone, taking the total to 33,57,16,019.
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.