Crowd at the Vizhinjam fishing harbour in Thiruvananthapuram after Covid-19 restrictions were eased. (Photo: PTI)Coronavirus India Live Updates: A plea was filed in the Supreme Court on Monday against the Pinayari Vijayan government in Kerala after it announced to reopen the state for the celebrations of Bakrid despite an uptick in Covid-19 cases. With 1.25 lakh active cases in Kerala, the Pinarayi Vijayan government has given in to pressure to lift lockdown restrictions for three days for Bakrid, which falls on July 21. 
India recorded 38,164 new covid-19 cases in the 24 hours ending 8 am Monday, taking the total tally to over 3.11 crore. Out of these, active cases declined to 4.21 lakh while recoveries touch 3.03 crore. With 499 new fatalities, the death toll is now over 4.14 lakh. Daily death count falls below 500 for the first time since April 6.
For the first time in over 4 months, the national capital did not report a single covid deathon Sunday. Delhi’s positivity rate has also fallen to 0.07 per cent. The city, which at the peak of the second wave saw 448 deaths in one day (May 3), has seen a sharp dip in cases and deaths over the past month.
The Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) on Sunday prohibited the annual Kanwar Yatra in the city, by putting a ban on “celebrations, processions, gatherings.” This came a day after the yatra was cancelled in Uttar Pradesh.
In the Monsoon session of parliament, set to begin today, the opposition is set to corner the Centre over the handling of the deadly second wave of Covid-19, among other things. 
Opposition parties on Sunday objected to the governments offer for a joint address to all MPs by the Prime Minister on Covid at the Parliament annexe, saying this will be highly irregular at a time when Parliament will be in session and it aims to bypass norms.
Leaders, including from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the CPI(M), also said that when the Covid pandemic and issues related to it can be discussed on the floor of the House, what was the need to go outside.
Amid consistently high Covid-19 cases in Kerala, the Pinarayi Vijayan government has given in to pressure and lifted lockdown restrictions for three days for celebration of Bakrid, which falls on July 21. Even in local bodies where the test positivity rate has been steadily above 15%, restrictions have been waived for a day on Monday to enable people to go for festival shopping.
Of 4.25-lakh active Covid cases in the country, Kerala accounts for 1.25 lakh. The states share in national daily cases has been consistently around 35%.
The Indian Medical Association criticised the government decision as unwarranted and inappropriate at the time of a medical emergency. When many northern states like J&K, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal have stopped, with a constructive sense of public safety, the traditional and pilgrim yatras, it is unfortunate that the learned state of Kerala has taken these retrograde decisions, it said.