Coronavirus India Highlights: Covid-19 cases with variants of concern rose from 10.31 per cent of total infections in May to 51 per cent till June 20, top government officials told a parliamentary panel on Monday. Officials stressed that both Covaxin and Covishield work against these strains albeit with slightly reduced potency, news agency PTI reported.
Meanwhile, Covid Task Force chief Dr V K Paul said that there is no scientific data so far to establish that Delta Plus variant of Covid-19 adversely impacts vaccine efficacy. Speaking about the possibility of a third wave, he said it will not be fair to put a date on any Covid wave as virus behaviour is unpredictable.
India reported 46,148 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. With 979 deaths in the last 24 hours, the daily count of deaths has dropped below 1,000 for the first time since April 12. Maharashtra, the only state to report more than 100 deaths, recorded 411 fatalities. The overall death toll has touched 3,96,730. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 3,02,79,331. There are 5,72,994 active cases at present and 2,93,09,607 people have recovered from the disease. Among states, Kerala was the topmost contributor with 10,905 new cases. Maharashtra had 9,974 cases.