India’s daily count of cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) is at 12,392,260 after the Union ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) said on Saturday that 89,129 fresh infections were detected across the country in the preceding 24 hours. Today’s surge is the highest since September 20 when 92,605 cases were reported.
The toll climbed to 1,64,110, after 714 new deaths were recorded in a day. As many as 1,15,69,241 patients have recovered from the infection. India’s number of active cases rose to 6,58,909.
Situation is of “grave concern” in Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana, the Centre said after a review meeting on Friday. These states and union territories account for 90 per cent of the cases and deaths in the country, it said.
Maharashtra, which has been worst-hit from COVID-19 so far, reported as many as 47,827 new cases yesterday – its highest since the pandemic spread to India in March 2020. State capital Mumbai reported 8,648 cases in a 24-hour period, surpassing any previous high.
The possibility of a lockdown in Maharashtra can’t be ruled out if the surge in coronavirus cases continues, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Friday. “People have become complacent. We are in a Catch 22 situation – should we look at economy or health?” the Chief Minister said in a televised address.
Faced with an alarming spike in Covid cases, authorities in Pune have ordered a 12-hour night curfew starting 6 pm today for a period of at least one week. Pune on Friday recorded its highest single-day high of 9,086 cases, taking its tally to 5,51,508.
Delhi is also witnessing a worrying surge in cases with the city recording 3,594 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest daily count this year.
The five most affected states by total cases are Maharashtra (2,904,076), Kerala (1,124,584), Karnataka (997,004), Andhra Pradesh (901,989), and Tamil Nadu (886,673).pandemic began.
So far, more than 7.30 crore Covid-19 vaccines doses have been administered, of which 30.93 lakh were given on Friday. The country on Thursday began its third phase of the coronavirus vaccination drive, under which all people above 45 years will be covered.
With 1.23 crore infections, India has the third highest number of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil.