India reported 54,069 new cases of COVID-19 in a day which took the infection tally to 3,00,82,778 while 1,321 more fatalities pushed the death toll to 3,91,981, according to the Health Ministry on Thursday. The Delta variant, the significantly more transmissible strain of COVID, is expected to become a ‘dominant lineage’ if current trends continue, the WHO has warned after it was reported in 85 countries. Congress President Sonia Gandhi expressed concern over the pace of vaccination in India and said the country needs to prepare for the third wave of COVID-19 and protect children.
The COVID-19 Weekly Epidemiological Update released on June 22 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that globally, the variant Alpha has been reported in 170 countries, territories or areas, Beta in 119 countries, Gamma in 71 countries and Delta in 85 countries.
The number of active cases has declined to 6,27,057 and is 2.08 per cent of the total infections. The national COVID-19 recovery rate has also improved to 96.61 per cent, the data updated at 8 am showed.
A net decline of 16,137 cases in the COVID-19 caseload has been recorded in a day.
The 1,321 fatalities include 508 from Maharashtra, 166 from Tamil Nadu, 150 from Kerala and 123 from Karnataka.
Of the total 3,91,981 deaths reported so far in the country, Maharashtra accounted for 1,19,303, Karnataka 34,287, Tamil Nadu 31,746, Delhi 24,940, Uttar Pradesh 22,336, West Bengal 17,475, Punjab 15,923 and Chhattisgarh 13,407.
The health ministry has stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths reported so far have occurred due to comorbidities.