New Delhi: India on Monday reported 39,796 new Covid-19 cases down from 43,071 cases that were recorded a day earlier. This was almost a decline of more than 3000 cases as compared to Sunday. 723 fatalities were reported on Monday as compared to 955 on Sunday.
42,352 people recovered from the virus in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 2,97,00,430 patient recoveries. Active cases in the country declined from 4,85,350 on Sunday to 4,82,071 on Monday.
With these additions, the total case tally has gone to 3,05,85,229 while the total death count now stands at 4,02,728.
On the vaccination front, the country administered 35,28,92,046 doses since January 16.
Out of this, 14,81,583 doses have been administered in the past 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.