India on Monday recorded a significant drop in Covid-19 cases with 53,256 new infections, the lowest in 88 days since March 24. It is also the 14th consecutive day when India has reported less than one lakh new coronavirus cases. With this, the number of active cases in the country stands at 7,02,887 and the total case tally is just short of 3 lakh at 2,99,35,221.
With 1,422 deaths, the total death toll from Covid-19 has reached 3,88,135. This is the fourth consecutive day in the last two months when the death toll is below the 2,000-mark.
On the brighter side, as many as 78,190 people were discharged in the last 24 hours as per the Union Health Ministry, pushing the total number of Covid-19 infected people discharged from hospital to 2,88,44,199.
Monday’s cases were reported from 13,88,699 samples that were tested yesterday, the Indian Council of Medical Research said. So far, 39,24,07,782 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to June 20.
As far as progress in vaccination is concerned, 28,00,36,898 doses have been administered in the country, including 30,39,996 who were jabbed in the last 24 hours. Starting today, all citizens above the age of 18 can get themselves vaccinated free of cost at government facilities.
On June 7, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation, had said that the Union government would provide free vaccines against Covid-19 to all Indian citizens above 18 years of age from June 21.