India on Monday recorded 3,57,229 new cases of the novel coronavirus, along with 3,449 deaths due to the infection. According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, the country saw a total of 3,20,289 discharges in the last 24 hours, taking the total recovery toll to 1,66,13,292. The deadly second Covid wave has caused havoc in India's healthcare system. The total death toll in the country is now at 2,22,408. A total of 15,89,32,921 people have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19 in India.
India's total caseload of over 2.02 crore Covid infections is the second-highest globally, behind that of the United States and ahead of Brazil's.
Maharashtra, which had been reporting over 60,000 new coronavirus cases every day through much of last month, on Monday logged 48,621 fresh ones. The number of recoveries surpassed the case figure - 59,500 patients were discharged in 24 hours. Mumbai logged 2,624 new infections, registering its lowest one-day spike in over five weeks.
Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi are the other states with the highest number of infections.
Delhi, on Monday, reported up to 18,043 new cases, the lowest since April 15, and 448 deaths, its highest so far.
In Kerala, a week of strict restrictions began today with only essential services allowed. Offices will stay open but with only 25 persons present physically. Up to 26,011 new COVID-19 cases, 45 deaths, and 19,519 recoveries were reported from the state on Monday.
Tamil Nadu, too, announced more restrictions, including a bar on running shops other than those selling essential items, from May 6 to 20. It reported 20,952 new cases and 122 deaths.This morning, more international aid arrived which included consignments of oxygen concentrators, ventilators, and other medical equipment, the Foreign Ministry said.
Up to 17.08 lakh vaccine doses were administered in the country in the past 24 hours. Over 15.89 crore shots have been administered since the inoculation drive began in January.
Adar Poonawalla's Serum Institute of India is set to invest 240 million pounds in facilities in the UK and could even manufacture vaccines there in the future, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, America's top public health expert, and the White House Chief Medical Adviser have recommended a nationwide lockdown in India, a massive vaccination drive, and the construction of a large number of makeshift hospitals. "It is quite obvious to everyone that the situation in India is extremely serious," Dr. Fauci told news agency PTI.