New Delhi: India on Monday (June 28) reported 46,148 new COVID-19 cases according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare statistics. The cases came down by almost 4,000 as compared to the previous day. 979 deaths were reported in the same period taking the total tally to 3,96,730. 58,578 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 2,93,09,607. Active cases in the country declined from 5,86,403 on Sunday to 5,72,994 on Monday. The active cases now account for only 1.89 per cent of the total cases ever reported.
40,63,71,279 samples were tested till June 27 out of which 15,70, 515 samples were tested in the last 24 hours alone.
On the vaccination front, the nation crossed the 30 crore mark on Wednesday with the current tally at 32,36,63,297 doses since January 16.
Out of this, 17,21,268 vaccine doses have been administered in the last 24 hours alone.
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.