On Monday, the daily Covid cases reported in the country fell below the 3-lakh mark for the first time since April 21.
A total of 4,106 deaths were reported in on Monday, the ministry said. So far, a total of 2,74,390 deaths have been reported in the country.
India’s cumulative recoveries have reached 2,11,74,076 with 3,78,741 patients recuperating in a span of 24 hours.
India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. India crossed the grim milestone of 2 crore Covid cases on May 4.
According to the ICMR, 31,64,23,658 samples have been tested up to May 16,2021 with 15,73,515 samples being tested on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the cumulative number of Covid-19 vaccine doses administered in the country exceeded 18.3 crore on Sunday under phase 3 of the nationwide vaccination drive.
(With inputs from agencies)