Today India recorded 42,766 new cases of coronavirus and 1,206 deaths due to the infection in the past 24 hours. On Saturday, the country saw a total of 45,254 discharges, taking the total recovery to 2,99,33,538. The cases of COVID-19 in India have now mounted to 3,07,95,716 with 4,55,033 active cases. The total death toll in the country is now at 4,07,145.
A total of 36,13,23,548 people have been vaccinated across the country.
Kerala with 13,563 fresh Covid cases leads the states in the most number of infections over a 24-hour period. It is followed by Maharashtra (8,992), Tamil Nadu (3,039), Karnataka (2,290).
The center has warned against laxity in following Covid-appropriate behavior, with particular reference to disquieting visuals from the past few days of large crowds at popular holiday and tourist destinations. The Health Ministry has described the situation as a "cause for concern", and reminded people the virus spreads aggressively in crowded places.
The devastating second wave of Covid in March April is not yet over, the government has warned, urging people to keep following precautions like avoiding crowds and wearing masks. Most of the cases now are being reported from Maharashtra and Kerala.
Two cases of the highly transmissible Kappa variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Uttar Pradesh through the genome sequencing of samples, the state government said Friday. The Kappa variant has been characterized by WHO as a Variant of Interest. A top state official said cases of this variant were found in the state earlier as well.
The Delhi government, in anticipation of a possible third wave of infections, has readied a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to tackle a spike in cases in the coming weeks.
The country's overall vaccination shortfall is 54 percent with Bihar, Rajasthan, and West Bengal having the highest inoculation shortfall, according to an analysis of publicly available data.