As the number of COVID-19 cases in India continue to soar, doctors in the country are now facing another new problem after members of the public were discovered to be applying cow dung all over their bodies as a mean to ward off COVID-19.
The National Mortality Rate now stands at 1.09 per cent, it said.
Healthcare staff wearing a Personal Protective Equipment suit (PPE) talking with Covid-19 patient relatives at a Covid-19 care center.
Mumbai on Monday recorded a steep drop in new COVID-19 cases at 1,794, the lowest single-day count in almost two months.
India leads the world in the daily average number of new deaths reported, accounting for one in every three deaths reported worldwide each day, according to a Reuters tally.
A total 3,876 deaths were reported in a span of 24 hours and 10 states account for 73.09 per cent of the new fatalities, it said.
The World Health Organization said the coronavirus variant first identified in the country past year was being classified as a variant of global concern, with some preliminary studies showing that it spreads more easily.
According to the Health Ministry, a total of 3,56,082 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, while 1,90,27,304 people have been cured from Covid till date.
Districts showing continued increase in cases since last two weeks are Bengaluru Urban and Muysuru in Karnataka; Chennai, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur in Tamil Nadu; Ernakulam and Malappuram in Kerala; 24 Paraganas North and Kolkata in West Bengal; Jaipur in Rajasthan; Dehradun in Uttarakhand; East Godavari and Visakhapatanam in Andhra Pradesh; Satara in Maharashtra; and Khordha in Odisha.
Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country stands at 17.26 crore, as per the 8 pm provisional report on Monday.
Across 18,542 sessions, 10,75,948 beneficiaries were vaccinated for the first dose and 14,27,808 people received their second dose of vaccine, it said.
Dozens of bodies believed to be Covid-19 victims have washed up on the banks of the Ganges river in northern India, officials said on Monday.
The Union government is ensuring streamlined and fast delivery of the global aid to states and UTs through faster customs clearances, and use of air and road, the ministry said.