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After registering more than 30,000 coronavirus cases daily in the past few days, India recorded on Monday 27,254 new cases and 219 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the total to 33.26 million while deaths have risen to 442,874, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday.
India has recorded 28,591 new cases and 338 deaths on Sunday. The number of active cases also registered a decline, the health ministry said.
The health ministry said the country's total COVID-19 cases have reached 33.03 million.
A man gets his body temperature checked at a screening centre.
Amid a spike in COVID cases in Kerala, the Goa government late on Sunday night imposed fresh restrictions on students and workforce from the Southern state who are visiting Goa.
According to the new list of restrictions, students and workers coming into Goa from Kerala, will be subject to institutional quarantine, which will be facilitated by managements of the educational institutions and offices or factories respectively.
"Further, in case of a person coming from Kerala, entry will be allowed with a negative RT-PCR report with following additional conditions.
"The students/employees coming from Kerala shall be subject to institutional quarantine of five days. The arrangements for the quarantine for students will be done by the administrators/principals of educational institutions," an order issued by the state administration late on Sunday said.
Deaths rose by 219, taking the toll to 440,752.
The Telangana government will launch a special drive to administer COVID-19 vaccines to 3 lakh people daily in an effort to cover 1.38 crore people who have still not taken a single dose.
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao has directed senior officials of the medical and health department to carry out the special drive.
He said since the production of COVID vaccine in the country has increased qualitatively, there is a possibility of the state getting its required supply.
The Chief Minister said though the pandemic is in total control in the state, the special drive of the vaccination should be taken up so that people do not suffer in the future due to COVID-19.
"If supply remains consistent, we will be on course to innoculate most of our population by the end of the year, DN Patil, a senior health official in the country's richest state of Maharashtra said.
The ministry cited previous calls to curb "false news and misinformation" about the pandemic on social media as a basis for the order. It argued that the World Health Organisation did not link any country to the B.1.617 variant.
According to the government, 37,291 people were discharged from hospitals and health centres in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cured to 30,781,263 till date as the virus continued to infect less than one lakh people over the last 53 days.
With this, the total tally rose to 3,28,10,845, according to Union Health Ministry's data released on Wednesday. Out of the total fresh COVID infections reported on Tuesday, 19,622 of them were from Kerala alone, the highest among the states.
The case dates back to last February, when reliable information was forwarded to the Anti-Narcotics Department at Dubai Police about a person consuming narcotics and psychotropic substances and possessing a quantity of them in his house in the Palm Island area in Dubai.
The story did not end here but developed from rape into drugs and the victim ended up at the hands of Dubai Police who referred her to the Hemaya International Centre of Dubai Police’s General Department of Anti-narcotics for rehabilitation.
Social media users and residents have called local authorities to honour Matute for his heroic act.