India reported the lowest daily new coronavirus infections in 50 days with 1,52,734 cases, taking the tally to 2,80,47,534 on Monday, while the active caseload declined to 20,26,092, the Health Ministry said. The Supreme Court asked the Centre about the vaccine-procurement policy by referring to the fact that states are in the process of issuing global tenders to procure jabs for coronavirus. The Centre said the entire eligible population would be vaccinated by the end of 2021.
The toll climbed to 3,29,100 with 3,128 more fatalities, according to the ministry data.
Recoveries continued to outnumber the daily new cases for the 18th consecutive day.
The 3,128 new fatalities include 814 from Maharashtra, 493 from Tamil Nadu, 381 from Karnataka, 186 from Kerala, 142 from West Bengal, 138 from Uttar Pradesh and 127 from Punjab.
A total of 3,29,100 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 94,844 from Maharashtra, 28,679 from Karnataka, 24,151 from Delhi, 23,754 from Tamil Nadu, 20,346 from Uttar Pradesh, 15,410 from West Bengal, 14,432 from Punjab and 13,016 from Chhattisgarh.
The Serum Institute of India will raise production of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to about 90 million doses in June from about 65 million a month now, a company spokesman said on Monday.
The Odisha government on Sunday extended the lockdown by 16 more days till June 17 to further stem the spread of coronavirus. The second phase of the lockdown was to end at 5 am on June 1. It will now continue till 5 am of June 17.
The Maharashtra government also extended the lockdown-like curbs till June 15 and also announced that relaxations will be granted depending upon the COVID-19 positivity rate and availability of oxygen beds.
Maharashtra Revenue Minister and Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat said the scenes of the bodies of COVID-19 victims floating in rivers and lying in the sand in some states have tarnished the image of India in the world.