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The last time India recorded around 9,000 daily cases was on June 4 last year (9,304) when the government had just started lifting the coronavirus lockdown.
The drop in daily cases comes as India inoculated 20 lakh people till Monday - day 10 of what the government calls the world's largest vaccination drive that was launched on January 16. Over the next few months, India hopes to vaccinate a significant section of its population - 3 crore health and frontline workers in phase 1 -- to break the chain of transmission.
As large-scale hesitancy amid reports of adverse events following immunisation (AEFI) threatens to impede this progress, the centre has directed states to take penal action against any person or organisation spreading misinformation related to the vaccines.
India is using two vaccines - homegrown Covaxin and AstraZeneca's Covishield made in Pune. The world's largest vaccine maker is also sending these drugs to its neighbours including Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar and Bangladesh with Afghanistan next in line.
Tata Group's healthcare venture is said to have started initial discussions with Moderna Inc for a partnership to launch its COVID-19 vaccine in India. The US biotechnology firm said lab studies showed its vaccine would remain protective against variants of the coronavirus first identified in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Pfizer, first company to seek emergency use approval in India, has said it will pursue its request if the government commits to buying shots.
Delhi, which logged 148 new cases of COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, Delhi is moving towards herd immunity from coronavirus, with 50 to 60 per cent of people in one district having developed antibodies, the latest round of sero-survey has found, sources said. Herd immunity is what the authorities are trying to achieve with the vaccination programme.
Kerala, where the country's first COVID-19 case was detected and quickly became the posterchild for pandemic management with its low mortality rate, logged the highest daily cases in the country with 3,361 infections. On Monday, 45 per cent of the new infections were reported from Kerala, where lack if testing is being blamed for rise in infections.
Second highest cases were seen in Maharashtra -- country's worst-hit state in absolute numbers with 20 lakh cases -- at 1,842 cases. The state also recorded the highest daily deaths at 30, followed by Kerala (17) and Chhattisgarh (13).
Globally, 9.97 crore people have been infected by the coronavirus with 21 lakh deaths. As countries race to pause the pandemic, at least 6.63 crore vaccine shots have been administered. US accounts -- worst-hit by COVID-19-- has administered 2.1 crore such jabs.