India records new high of 1,31,968 COVID infections in 24 hours

New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India has recorded a new high of 1,31,968 COVID infections, pushing the total case count to over 1.3 crores. The surge, much steeper than last year’s first wave, has forced many states to impose tight curbs.

This is the fourth time in five days when India reported over one lakh new cases and 1,67,64 people have died of COVID, with 780 deaths in the last 24 hours. India is the third worst-hit country after the United States and Brazil.

On Thursday, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, in his meeting with Chief Ministers, stressed the need for creating micro-containment zones and extensive testing as a means to combat the second wave of the pandemic.

Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district has recorded 1,362 new COVID cases and 22 casualties. With the latest cases detected on Thursday, the tally of infections has risen to 94,035, while the death count reached 1,895, reports said.

Odisha’s tally soared to 3,46,808 as the state registered this year’s highest single-day spike of 1,282 new cases on Friday and the one fresh fatality pushed the state’s coronavirus death count to 1,924.


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