Coronavirus India Updates: Record 4,329 deaths on Monday; active cases drop by 1.65 lakh

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown and Cases News Live Updates: In the biggest drop ever, India’s active cases fell by about 1.65 lakh on Monday to 33.52 lakh.

Coronavirus India Updates: India reported 2.63 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus on Monday. The biggest contributor was Karnataka, which added 38,603 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 33,075 cases. Maharashtra registered 26,616 cases. At least 4,329 deaths were reported on the same day, the highest daily toll so far. Maharashtra reported more than 1,000 deaths, while Karnataka had 476. In the biggest drop ever, India’s active cases fell by about 1.65 lakh on Monday to 33.52 lakh.

Two key decisions to aid India’s battle against Covid-19 were announced on Monday: the government will add 14 regional languages to the CoWIN portal, through which slots are booked for vaccination; and 17 additional laboratories will be added to the INSACOG network to conduct genome surveillance and monitor variants of Covid-19.

The government has also dropped convalescent plasma therapy from its national clinical management protocol for Covid-19. The therapy uses blood plasma fom people who have recovered from the disease to treat other patients.

Meanwhile, the first batch of 2-deoxy-D-glucose (2-DG), a Covid-19 therapy drug developed by the DRDO, was released on Monday, which has been cleared for emergency use as an adjunct therapy in moderate to severe Covid-19 patients. Clinical trial data show that the molecule helps in faster recovery of patients hospitalised with Covid-19, and reduces their dependence on supplemental oxygen, according to the government.

Amid the second wave, states along the west coast have been battered by an extremely severe cyclonic storm, Tauktae (pronounced Tau’Te), which made landfall in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat last night. While there are no casualties reported in the Gujarat, at least 12 people died in Maharashtra on Monday, and eight in Karnataka. Goa was also badly hit by the storm.

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