New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India detected more than one lakh COVID, the highest daily increase recorded in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. The previous high of 97,894 cases was achieved on September 16 last year, after which India’s cases started sliding.
Of the 103,558 cases, India counted on Sunday, over 57,700 infections were reported from Maharashtra. The state government has issued a slew of new restrictions, including night curfews, weekend lockdowns and daytime prohibitions, to control the spread of the disease.
Named ‘Break the Chain’, the curbs come into force from 8 pm on Monday till April 30. Pune and Mumbai, the two worst cities in the state, detected 12,472 and 11,206 cases, respectively, on Sunday.
Meanwhile, Delhi, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh reported more than 4,000 cases each on the same day, while Chhattisgarh registered over 5,000 cases for a second day.
There are now more than 7.4 lakh active cases in the country. Of the 478 deaths counted on Sunday, 222 were from Maharashtra.
India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered officials to send teams of experts to Maharashtra, Punjab and Chhattisgarh, the three states worst-hit in terms of mortality over the last two weeks.