India recorded 41,322 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, taking the country’s total to 93,51,109. The toll rose to 1,36,200 with 485 more deaths, while the number of active cases stood at 4,54,940. So far, 87,59,969 people have recovered from the disease in the country.
Delhi registered the most fatalities with 98, followed by 85 from Maharashtra, 46 from West Bengal, 29 from Haryana, 27 from Punjab, and 23 each from Uttar Pradesh and Kerala, among others.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said that it has tested 13,82,20,354 Covid-19 samples, including 11,57,605 on Friday.
The coronavirus tally in Arunachal Pradesh rose to 16,231 after the state registered 27 new infections, reported PTI. The toll climbed to 50 with one new fatality. There are 911 active cases and 15,270 recoveries in the northeastern state. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Covid-19 tally went up to 4,689 as seven more people tested positive for the infection. The archipelago now has 120 active coronavirus cases, 4,508 discharges and 61 deaths.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, arrived at the Zydus Biotech Park in Ahmedabad as part of his trip to visit three Covid-19 facilities in India to review the coronavirus vaccine development work. He will also visit Bharat Biotech in Hyderabad and Serum Institute of India in Pune.
The visits will be to get a “first-hand perspective of the preparations, challenges and roadmap in India’s endeavour to vaccinate its citizens”, his office said.
Modi’s review of the vaccine development comes a day after the Supreme Court pulled up the Centre for not enforcing coronavirus guidelines properly. The court noted that India was experiencing another wave of new cases, which was “uncontrollable”. It added that things were “going from bad to worse”, and that the Centre needed to ensure that states were following the protocol laid down.