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India's daily positivity rate - an indicator of the number of people testing positive for every 100 Covid tests - stood at 2.59 per cent this morning. It has been less than 3 per cent for 21 consecutive days.
India presently has 4,50,899 active Covid cases, which is 1.46 per cent of the total cases, the Health Ministry data shows. The country has witnessed a drop in cases after a very tough battle against the second wave.
Delhi, Haryana and Tamil Nadu eased restrictions over the weekend, while telling people to not let their guards down amid concerns over a third wave. The national capital on Sunday reported 56 fresh Covid cases, the lowest daily rise since April last year.
In Haryana, curbs were extended by a week while the state gave a go-ahead to cinema halls, spas and coaching institutes to open with safety protocols in place. In Tamil Nadu, restaurants, tea shops, bakeries, roadside eateries and sweet shots can stay open till 9 pm at 50 per cent capacity.
No cases of Delta plus variant were found in Tripura, the central government said on Sunday, a day after the state government said 90 per cent of fresh samples sent for genome sequencing tested positive for highly infectious Delta Plus variant.
With the government trying to chase the goal of vaccinating 108 crore adults by the end of this year, many vaccine centres have been shut in several parts of the country. Delhi vaccinated only. Mumbai and Kolkata are also witnessing a shortage.
India has so far given 37.73 crore vaccine doses since the vaccine drive began on January 16.
Australia on Monday reported its biggest daily rise in COVID-19 cases this year, fuelled by a fast-growing outbreak of the Delta variant in Sydney, news agency Reuters reported.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the US top coronavirus adviser, on Sunday characterised the Delta strain of COVID-19 as a "nasty variant". "It is very clear that this is a nasty variant. It has a much greater capacity of transmitting from person to person," Dr Fauci was quoted as saying by news agency ANI, adding that the COVID vaccines that are being used in America to fight the coronavirus "are working very well" and do protect against the variant.
Worldwide, over 18.67 crore cases have been logged since the start of pandemic; 40.30 lakh people have died.
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