India reports 86,498 COVID cases, 2,123 deaths in 24 hours

In the last 24 hours, India recorded 86,498 COVID cases, taking the country’s total infections to over 2.89 crore. This is the lowest spike of daily cases in 66 days. This is also the first time in over 2 months that the cases have fallen below the 1 lakh mark. Active cases further declined to over 13 lakh and over 2.73 crore people recovered after testing positive. With 2,123 new deaths, the toll is now at 3,51,309.

In the same time span, Delhi recorded 231 cases, lowest since March 2, and 36 deaths. With this, the daily positivity rate in the national capital has dropped to as low as 0.36%. According to the Health Ministry of India, 876 people were also discharged after recovery.

On Monday, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi announced that the GoI will provide free vaccines to states for inoculation of all above age 18 from June 21.In an address to the public, the Prime Minister said the GoI will buy 75 per cent of doses from vaccine makers, including 25 per cent of the state quota, and give it for free to state governments. No state government, he said, will have to spend on vaccine procurement.

With cases declining, some states have started the process of ‘unlocking’ by gradually easing coronavirus-induced restrictions and curfews. Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh are some of these states. On the other hand, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh and Goa, have decided to continue with the lockdown.


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