New Delhi: As India continues to fight the second wave of coronavirus infections, the country recorded 4,03,738 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 4,092 fatalities, taking the total number of cases in the country to 2,22,96,414, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reports stated.
It is the fifth straight day India has crossed the four-lakh-mark of new Covid cases. On Friday, India recorded the highest ever 4,14,188 cases.
India's total tally of Covid-19 cases now stands at 2,22,96,414 with 37,36,648 active cases and a total of 2,42,362 deaths so far.
As per the Health Ministry reports, a total of 3,86,444 people have been discharged in the last 24 hours, while 1,83,17,404 people have been cured from Covid till date.
Also, a total of 16,94,39,663 people have been vaccinated in the country so far, including 20,23,532, who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.
World Health Organization's chief scientist Soumya Swaminathan, in an interview with news agency AFP, has said the B.1.617 variant of COVID-19, which was first detected in last October, was clearly a contributing factor for this dangerous Covid surge.
Meanwhile, India's two hockey stars,Ravindra Pal Singh and Maharaj Krishan Kaushik,died from Covid-19 on Saturday.They were members of the country's last Olympic gold medal-winning hockey team in Moscow 1980.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday that over 9 lakh patients are on oxygen support in the country ,as reported by news agency PTI.