10.53 pm: Assam reports 2,433 new cases and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to ANI.

8.47 pm: Mumbai reports 453 new cases and 10 deaths in the last 24 hours, shows data from civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.

8.37 pm: Kerala reports 14,373 new coronavirus cases, and 142 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to ANI.

8.36 pm: Chandigarh allows restaurants and bars to remain open from 10 am to 10.30 pm, reports ANI. The new order will come into force from July 7.

8.33 pm: Bihar Health Minister Mangal Pandey says the state government is setting up 119 oxygen plants, reports ANI.

8.30 pm: Telangana reports 784 new coronavirus cases and five deaths in the last 24 hours, shows government data.

6.04 pm: Lav Agarwal says that 80% of new Covid-19 cases were from 90 districts across the country, reports The Hindu. These places include 19 districts from Maharashtra, 15 from Tamil Nadu, 14 from Kerala, 11 from Odisha, 10 from Andhra Pradesh, nine from Karnataka and eight from Assam.

6.02 pm: Lav Agarwal says that the second Covid-19 wave was still existing in a limited way in some areas, reports ANI.

5.57 pm: Lav Agarwal, the joint secretary at the Union health ministry, says that people visiting hill stations are not following Covid-appropriate behaviour. He adds that the Centre can nullify the restrictions if the Covid-19 protocols are not followed.

5.53 pm: Indian Council of Medical Research Director General Dr Balram Bhargava says the challenge ahead is not the third coronavirus wave but how the country acts on it, reports ANI. “Instead of highlighting the wave aspect, we should focus on Covid-0appropriate behaviour to contain the spread,” he adds.

4.59 pm: Andhra Pradesh records 3,042 new Covid-19 cases, 3,748 recoveries, and 28 deaths in the past 24 hours, reports ANI. There are 33,230 active cases and 12,898 total deaths.

3.54 pm: The Bihar government will vaccinate the elderly and physically challenged residents against the coronavirus at their homes, reports News18. Families, who have bedridden or physically weak members, will soon be able to book slots of vaccination by calling the state government’s helpline number.

3.52 pm: England and Wales Cricket Board says that seven members of the England cricket team, including three players and four staff members, have tested positive for Covid-19, reports The Indian Express.

3.46 pm: Delhi records 79 new coronavirus cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours, reports ANI. With this, the infection tally in the national Capital climbs to 14,34,687 and the toll rises to 25,001. The positivity rate stands at 0.11%.

3.45 pm: Tourists throng Mussoorie after Uttarakhand government relaxes restrictions, reports ANI.

2.18 pm: Assam imposes strict restrictions in seven districts – Goalpara, Golaghat, Jorhat, Lakhimpur, Sonitpur, Biswanath and Morigaon, reports the Hindustan Times.

2.18 pm: At least 46 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Jharkhand, pushing the tally in the state to 3,45,983, reports PTI.

2.12 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal launches a scheme and an online portal to provide financial help to families who lost people to Covid-19, reports PTI. The government has asked officials not to find loopholes in their claim applications.

2.04 pm: The Supreme Court directs the Centre to make sure that patients in mental health institutions are tested for Covid-19 and inoculated against the disease, reports PTI.

12.04 pm: Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy’s wife Krishna Roy dies in a Chennai hospital after suffering from post-Covid ailments for almost two months, reports The Telegraph.

11.51 am: The Supreme Court dismisses plea seeking to hold a “rath yatra” at various places other than Jagannath Puri in Odisha, reports PTI.

11.45 am: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh flags off Covid-19 relief material for Himachal Pradesh, reports ANI.

9.35 am: India records 34,703 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, taking its tally since the pandemic broke out in January 2020 to 3,06,19,932. This the lowest daily rise in cases in 111 days, according to ANI. India’s toll rises to 4,03,281 with 553 more deaths. Active cases stand at 4,64,357.

Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

9.31 am: Covid-19 vaccines could be eight times less effective against the Delta variant, suggests a study by scientists in India in collaboration with those from the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Diseases, India Today reports.

9.25 am: Eighteen children have died because of post-Covid complications in Rajasthan in the last two months, the Hindustan Times reports.

9.24 am: Here are the top updates from Monday:

India reported 39,796 daily new coronavirus cases, taking its tally since the pandemic broke out in January 2020 to 3,05,85,229. The toll rose to 4,02,728 with 723 more deaths – the lowest in around 88 days.

The Andhra Pradesh government allowed cinema halls, restaurants, gymnasiums and marriage halls to reopen with 50% capacity from July 8. Bihar allowed reopening of colleges and universities with 50% attendance from July 7.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation allowed domestic passenger flights to operate at 65% capacity amid rising demand. The domestic capacity was reduced to 50% on June 1.

Delhi recorded 54 new coronavirus cases, taking its total count to 14,34,608. This was the lowest rise since April 15 last year, when the city reported 17 infections. With two more deaths, the toll stood at 24,997.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India’s technology platform for coronavirus vaccination, CoWin, will soon be available to all countries.