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Coronavirus India Update: 42,015 New Cases, 3,998 Deaths Reported on July 21

New Delhi: India on Wednesday reported a dip in new cases with 42,015 new infections. The tally has gone up by 12,000 cases from the previous day tally of 30,093 Covid-19 cases. The country in the last 24 hours recorded 3,998 deaths, a significant increase from 374 fatalities that were reported on Tuesday.

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Devotees pay obeisance outside Lord Vithal-Rukmini Temple on the occasion of Ashadi Ekadashi as temples are still closed following Covid-19 protocols (Photo Credit: PTI)

New Delhi: India on Wednesday reported a dip in new cases with 42,015 new infections. The tally has gone up by 12,000 cases from the previous day tally of 30,093 Covid-19 cases. The country in the last 24 hours recorded 3,998 deaths, a significant increase from 374 fatalities that were reported on Tuesday.

On the recovery front, there was a dip as 36,977 discharges were registered down from 45,254 recoveries reported on Tuesday, taking the total tally to 3,03,90,687 patients out of hospitals till date.

Active cases in the country declined on the third day too with 4,07,170 active infections from 4,06,130 cases on Tuesday.

With these additions, the total case tally has now gone up to 3,12,16,337 while the death toll now stands at 4,18,480 lives lost so far.

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India has so far administered 41,54,72,455 doses of Covid-19 vaccines, out of these 34,25,446 doses were given in the last 24 hours.

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.

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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.