- India's 42,766 new cases today are slightly lower than yesterday's 43,393
- From 911 Covid deaths yesterday, the number today has shot up to 1,206
- Kerala leads the states in most number of infections over 24-hour period
Here are the top 10 updates on coronavirus in India:
The daily positivity rate - number of positive cases identified per 100 - is 2.19 per cent, less than 3 per cent for 19 straight days. Recovery rate stands at 97.20 per cent.
From 911 Covid deaths yesterday, the number today has shot up to 1,206. Total deaths in the country due to Covid are at 4,07,145.
Kerala with 13,563 fresh Covid cases leads the states in most number of infections over a 24-hour period. It is followed by Maharashtra (8,992), Tamil Nadu (3,039), Karnataka (2,290).
The centre has warned against laxity in following Covid-appropriate behaviour, with particular reference to disquieting visuals from the past few days of large crowds at popular holiday and tourist destinations. The Health Ministry has described the situation as "cause for concern", and reminded people the virus spreads aggressively in crowded places.
The devastating second wave of Covid in March April is not yet over, the government has warned, urging people to keep following precautions like avoiding crowds and wearing masks. Most of the cases now are being reported from Maharashtra and Kerala.
Two cases of the highly transmissible Kappa variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Uttar Pradesh through the genome sequencing of samples, the state government said Friday. The Kappa variant has been characterised by WHO as a Variant of Interest. A top state official said cases of this variant were found in the state earlier as well.
The Delhi government, in anticipation of a possible third wave of infections, has readied a Graded Response Action Plan (GRAP) to tackle a spike in cases in the coming weeks.
The country's overall vaccination shortfall is 54 per cent with Bihar, Rajasthan and West Bengal having the highest inoculation shortfall, according to an analysis of publicly available data.
At least 90 per cent of samples in Tripura that were sent for genome sequencing have been found to be containing the highly transmissible Delta Plus variant, said a top state official. Tripura - which is the first northeastern state to report the new strain - now has 138 cases of the deadly and highly infectious variant of COVID-19.
The Haryana government has given a go-ahead to resume offline classes in both government and private schools in the state. Offline classes will resume for students of Classes 9-12 from July 16. For Classes 6-8, the offline classes will resume from July 23.