India reports 50,848 new coronavirus cases

India reported 50,848 fresh Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, 19 per cent higher than yesterday. India, the second-worst hit country, now has 3,00,28,709 crore cases.

Active cases have decreased by 19,327 in the last 24 hours to take the tally to 6,43,194. The daily recoveries have been outnumbering the fresh infections for 41 consecutive day now. About 68,817 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.

The Delta plus variant, a new mutant version of the Delta strain first detected in India, has been found in 22 cases in Maharashtra, Kerala, and Madhya Pradesh and is a “variant of concern”, the government said in a warning to these states on Tuesday evening.

Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is 77.8 per cent effective in protecting against COVID-19, according to data from Phase III trials conducted on 25,800 participants across India.

The Kerala government on Tuesday announced further relaxations in the lockdown regulations, while cautioning the public against a possible third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.