New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India recorded 58,419 COVID cases, the lowest in 81 days. The country, second-worst hit now, has 2.98 crore cases. Active cases now comprise 2.44% of the total infections.
Active cases have decreased by 30,776 in the last 24 hours to take the tally to 7,29,243. The daily recoveries have been outnumbering the fresh infections for 38 consecutive days now. About 87,619 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.
Kerala contributed 12,443 cases to the country’s daily numbers, the most among the states. It was followed by Maharashtra (8,912 cases) and Tamil Nadu (8,183 cases).
Over 27 crore people have been administered doses under the massive inoculative drive which began in January, the government said. More than 5.5 crore vaccine doses have been administered in the age group 18-44, so far, it said.
The country witnessed 1,576 virus-related deaths during the period – the lowest in 63 days, taking the total number of fatalities to 3.86 lakh. But there have been reports of undercounting in states like Bihar and Maharashtra.
Covid victims cannot be paid a compensation of Rs 4 lakhs as it applies to natural disasters only, the government has told the Supreme Court. In a 183-page affidavit filed late last night, the GoI also added that denying compensation for diseases other than Covid would be “unfair”.
In Bihar, the High Court pulled up Nitish Kumar government on Saturday over what it called the state’s reluctance to publish the number of fatalities during the Covid pandemic period.
Bihar has recently come under the scanner for considerably undercounting the number of deaths related to COVID-19. An NDTV report had shown that close to 75,000 people died in the state of unexplained causes in the first five months of 2021. This is almost 10 times the state’s official pandemic death figure — 7,717.
Meanwhile, AIIMS Chief Randeep Guleria said that the next three months are crucial for India as the unlifting of restrictions can lead to a rise in cases. Red flagging the emergence of cases in the UK with the Delta variant, he said the timeline of the third wave will depend on two factors transmissibility and Covid-appropriate behavior.