Covid-19 India Updates: New Infections Drop Below 1 Lakh; Free Vaccine For All 
The Sawai Man Singh Hospital in Jaipur. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanthan/Bloomberg)

Covid-19 India Updates: New Infections Drop Below 1 Lakh; Free Vaccine For All 

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New cases of Covid-19 in India dropped below 1 lakh for the first time in more than two months, at a time the government reversed its vaccine policy to announce free shots for all.

Just over 86,000 people tested positive for the deadly pathogen in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on June 8. That’s the least number of infections reported on any single day since April 2.

Recoveries during the same period remained significantly higher at 1.82 lakh. As a result, active infections fell to 13 lakh.

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Key Figures

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 2,89,96,473
  • Active cases: 13,03,702
  • Total patients cured or discharged: 2,73,41,462
  • Deaths: 3,51,309
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 86,498
  • One-day recoveries: 1,82,282
  • One-day deaths: 2,123
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 23,61,98,726

The Indian government will procure 75% of the Covid-19 vaccines and distribute it to states for free—a reversal of its earlier policy that asked the states to buy the doses for the 18-44 age group.

The new policy will come into effect from June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a broadcast on Monday.

The remaining 25% of the supply will be made available via private hospitals, who will be allowed to charge a maximum of Rs 150 markup on every dose as a service charge.

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