India reports 46,148 COVID cases, 979 deaths in 24 hours

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India reported 46,148 COVID cases and 979 deaths due to the deadly virus, the Health Ministry of India said on Monday.

With 979 deaths in the last 24 hours, the daily count of deaths has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since April 12. Maharashtra, the only state to report more than 100 deaths, recorded 411 deaths. The overall death toll has touched 3,96,730.

The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stand at 3,02,79,331. There are 5,72,994 active cases at present and 2,93,09,607 people have recovered from the disease. Among states, Kerala was the topmost contributor with 10,905 new cases. Maharashtra had 9,974 cases.

Meanwhile, Chief Dr Randeep Guleria has said that making COVID vaccine available for children will be a milestone achievement and pave the way for reopening of schools and resumption of outdoor activities for them. He said the data of phase two and three trial of Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin on two to 18 years age group is expected by September. The vaccine can be available for children in India around that time following approval from the drug regulator, he said.


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