In the last 24 hours, 14,74,606 samples were tested, as per the Health Ministry data, nearly 4 lakh samples fewer than 18,65,428 samples tested in the previous 24 hours. In Maharashtra, the state with highest caseload, daily infections dropped below 50,000 for the first time in a month.
Faced with criticism over the pricing of vaccines, the government has defended its policy in the Supreme Court. Urging against "judicial interference", the centre has warned that "overzealous, though well-meaning, intervention may lead to unforeseen and unintended consequences".
Vaccination is the only solution to India's Covid crisis, the United States's top health expert Anthony Fauci has said. While nearly 17 crore doses have been administered so far, the pace has slowed down in the last few days despite the vaccine net extended to 18-44 age group.
Delhi and Haryana have announced stricter measures as lockdown was extended to break the chain of transmission. Metro services will remain shut this week in the national capital. In Uttar Pradesh, schools will remain shut till May 20.
In Tamil Nadu, a two-week lockdown began this morning. In neighbouring Karnataka, the positivity rate has gone up to 32.71 per cent; nearly 48,000 new cases and 500 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.
The central government on Sunday issued an advisory on mucormycosis, a fungal infection being found in COVID-19 patients with uncontrolled diabetes and prolonged intensive care unit (ICU) stay. The fungal infection mainly affects people who are on medication that reduces their ability to fight environmental pathogens, the government said.
As India fights a second wave, visuals of patients struggling to get medical care and hospitals scrambling for resources have been catching the world's attention.
Many nations - including the United States, the United Kingdom - have been sending Covid supplies and medicines to India.
India has already received 1.5 lakh doses of Russia's Sputnik V, which got the drug controller's nod after Covishield and Covaxin.
Worldwide, over 15.8 crore cases have been logged so far; 32.92 lakh people have died.
New Delhi: India saw a significant drop in daily Covid infections this morning with 3.66 lakh fresh cases and 3,754 deaths logged in the last 24 hours after the country recorded over 4 lakh cases for four straight days and 4,000 deaths for two consecutive days.