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India logs 70,421 fresh COVID-19 cases, lowest daily surge since April 1; 3,921 deaths in 24 hours

India on Monday reported 70,421 fresh COVID-19 cases, the lowest single-day rise in infections in 75 days, taking the cumulative tally to 2,95,10,410.

The 24-hour coronavirus figure has been the lowest since April 1, when 72,330 people tested positive for the viral disease. This is the seventh consecutive day when the daily COVID-19 case count in the country remained below the one-lakh mark.

According to the Union Health Ministry data updated at 8 am, the death toll from COVID-19 rose to 3,74,305 with 3,921 more people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours.

The number of active case cases further reduced to 9,73,158, while 1,19,501 discharges pushed the number of people who have recuperated from the disease to 2,81,61,947.

India is recovering from the fatal second wave of the pandemic that hit the country in April-May claiming the lives of many, and leading to several critical issues like shortage of vaccines and oxygen supply at various hospitals across the country.

With the situation improving in the country, several states that had imposed many restrictions since mid-April in view of the second wave have started easing curbs in a graded manner, continuing with curbs like night curfew and the closure of schools and colleges.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had last week expressed grief for the people who lost their lives in the pandemic. Terming the coronavirus crisis the biggest calamity of the last hundred years and a pandemic not seen nor experienced in the modern world, the Prime Minister said that the country fought the pandemic at many fronts.

PM Modi had also made many important announcements, including providing vaccine to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age for free, starting June 21. He announced that the 25 per cent vaccination that was with states will now be undertaken by the Central government, and the Centre will buy 75 per cent of the total production of the vaccine producers and provide to the states free of cost.

The Prime Minister had also informed that the system of 25 per cent vaccines being procured directly by the private hospitals will continue.

 

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