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India reported over 2.95 lakh new coronavirus cases and 2,023 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data from Union Health Ministry released today. Total cases rose to 1.56 crore while the death toll went up to 1.82 lakh. The active number of cases in the country stands at 21.57 lakh. In the last 24 hours, 1.67 lakh recovered from the infection. With this, the total recoveries reached 1.56 crore.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 16.39 lakh samples were tested on Tuesday. And, overall 27.10 crore samples have been tested so far.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country rose to 13.01 crore till today, after 29,90,197 doses were administered on Tuesday.

Amid a staggering surge in COVID-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said a lockdown should be the "last resort" to deal with the raging pandemic and asked states to convince migrant workers to stay put at their places of work with a guarantee for their lives and livelihood.

In an address to the nation, he also called upon all stakeholders, including the pharmaceutical industry, to deal collectively with the immediate challenge of the shortage of oxygen cylinders.

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 1.50 crore on April 19.

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