India saw an addition of 2.22 lakh fresh Covid infections to its active caseload, taking the overall case count to 2.67 crore.
In the last 24 hours, 4,454 people died, taking the total number of deaths to 3,03,720.
Hit by second wave, India has become the third country after Brazil and the United States to record over 3 lakh deaths linked to Covid since the pandemic broke. Over 90,000 deaths and nearly 80 lakh cases have been reported this month so far.
Over 19.6 crore doses of vaccines have been administered so far, the government has said. However, Delhi and several other states have said they are running low on stocks. Opposition leaders have been attacking the government over the issue.
Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan are among the states that have again extended the lockdown to break the chain of transmission. A stricter lockdown begins in Tamil Nadu from today.