India records 2.5 lakh fresh cases

India recorded 2.57 lakh fresh Covid cases and 4,194 deaths in the last 24 hours. The country saw a new record with 20,66,285 samples tested since yesterday. The overall case count surged past the 2.62 crore-mark this morning.

India has been recording over 2 lakh fresh infections every day for nearly a week now. The country’s daily cases dropped below the 3 lakh-mark for the first time since April 21 earlier this week. Nearly 30,000 Covid patients have died since May 15.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stressed on micro containment strategies in rural parts and underlined that Mucormycosis, commonly known as Black Fungus, has emerged as a new challenge in the fight against Covid.

The central government has sent advisory to states on Mucormycosis. “Ensure robust practices of infection prevention and control and sanitation and hygiene in hospitals for prevention and control of secondary and opportunistic fungal infections,” the centre has told the states.

Karnataka and Kerala have extended the lockdown to break the chain on transmission. In Karnataka, restrictions have been extended by another two weeks, and will now be in force till June 7. Kerala lockdown has been extended till May 30.