India has reported less than 1 lakh daily COVID-19 cases after 63 days as 86,498 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. The last time India reported below 1 lakh daily cases was on April 6, when 96,982 cases were recorded. Further, India has reported 2,123 deaths, which is the lowest one-day rise in 47 days.the total cases now stand at 2,89,96473.Active cases have decreased by 97,907 in last 24 hours
Maharashtra continues to be the worst Covid-hit state,added 10,219 cases over the 24-hour period, taking the total cases to 58.42 lakh. It reported 340 deaths. It is followed by four southern states: Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh.
23.61 crore vaccine doses have been administered so far under the nationwide vaccination drive.Recoveries continue to outnumber the daily new cases for the 26th consecutive day.
The positivity rate – number of positive cases identified per 100 – stood at 4.62 per cent. India has been reporting positivity rate below 10 per cent for 15 consecutive days now.
India reported 2,123 deaths over the period of 24 hours, taking the total deaths in the county to 3.51 lakh.
Several parts of India have begun the process of cautiously resuming activities stopped two months ago when the coronavirus cases began its deadly surge in the second wave. The ‘unlocking’ comes as Covid cases have seen a steady fall in recent weeks.
Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state, reported 694 new cases and 97 death in a day. The state government has allowed shops and markets outside containment zones in Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar, Gautam Buddh Nagar and Ghaziabad to open for five days a week since yesterday after active COVID-19 cases in these four districts fell below 600.
In a national address on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that his government would take back control of the vaccination drive from the states and provide vaccines free of charge to all above 18 from June 21.
The Centre has decided to buy 75 per cent of jabs from vaccine makers, including 25 per cent of the state quota, and give it for free to state governments, the prime minister said in an address to the nation.
Meanwhile, hailing Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the decision to provide free coronavirus vaccines to all and ration to the poor, the BJP on Monday said whenever there has been a crisis, Modi has led from the front.
Expressing gratitude to the prime minister, BJP president J P Nadda in a series of tweets said the Modi government stands with every countryman in the fight against the coronavirus.
To ensure that no one sleeps hungry, Nadda said, Modi announced that 80 crore people will get free ration till Diwali under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMKAY).
“Our motto is that every person should get food, every person should be vaccinated,” he said.