New Delhi: India on Monday reported 39,361 new Covid-19 cases down from 39,742 cases reported a day earlier, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The cases went down by 381 cases as compared to Sunday. 416 deaths were reported in the same period down from 546 reported the previous day. taking the total death tally to 4,20,967.
Daily recoveries decreased from 39,972 on Sunday to 35,968 on Monday taking the total tally to 3,05,79,106.
Active cases in the country declined from 4,08,212 on Sunday to 4,11,189 on Monday.
With these additions, the total cases reported since the start of the pandemic has risen to .
On the vaccination front, 43,51,96,001 vaccine doses have been administered since the start of the vaccination drive on January 16.
Out of this 18,99,874 doses were administered 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.
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.