New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India reported a record single-day rise of 1,84,372 COVID infections pushing the total tally of cases to 1,38,73,825, while the active cases surpassed the 13-lakh mark,
According to the Health Ministry of India, the death toll increased to 1,72,085 with 1,027 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18, 2020.
With over 1,000 people dying in the last 24 hours, this is the highest daily death count in nearly six months. This is also the fourth straight day of the country seeing over 1.5 lakh new cases and the eighth straight of over one lakh cases.
India’s tally of more than 1.38 crore COVID cases is the second-highest globally, behind the United States and ahead of Brazil’s.
Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with over 60,000 new cases and 281 deaths in the last 24 hours. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced severe, curfew-like restrictions on public movement over the next 15 days across the state, starting today, saying the “war against coronavirus has begun again,” as it flagged a shortage of medical oxygen and hospital beds.
Delhi also witnessed the highest single-day spike with 13,468 new COVID cases and 81 deaths reported. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the government of India to cancel the CBSE board exams.
COVID cases are rapidly increasing, there’s no slowdown. We appeal to people to go out only if necessary. Beds’ data is being revised twice a day in the app (for availability). People should visit hospitals only after going through the app, said Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister
Seeing the shortage of Remdesivir in UP, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed the state health dept to acquire 25,000 injections of Remdesivir from Gujarat’s Ahmedabad on an urgent basis.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 26,06,18,866 samples have been tested up to April 13 including 14,11,758 samples tested yesterday.