India on Saturday reported 1,45,384 fresh cases, the highest single-day spike ever, taking the overall tally to 13,205,926.This is the fifth time since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 that India’s 24-hour tally crossed the 1 lakh-mark.
In the last 24 hours, 794 people died; 1,68,436 people have died so far.Apart from the fresh cases, 77,567 discharges have also been recorded in the past 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry.
Active cases in the country – hit by the second Covid wave – have now passed the 10 lakh-mark as the spike in cases triggers fresh restrictions in different parts.
Ten states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan have shown a steep rise in daily Covid-19 cases accounting for over 83% of the fresh cases.
The total number of recoveries has reached 1,19,90,859 while the number of active cases now stand at 10,46,631. India’s Covid-19 death toll has reached 1,68,436.
In the ongoing Covid-19 vaccine drive, a total of 9,80,75,160 doses have been administered till now across the country, said the health ministry.
Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh are contributing the highest number of daily cases to the tally. On Friday, Chhattisgarh reported 11,447 new infection in its highest ever spike and Maharashtra reported 58,993 new cases,Weekend lockdown starts from today in Maharashtra. Uttar Pradesh reported 9,695 new cases and Delhi 8,521.
In Delhi, all schools and colleges have been shut till further notice, the Arvind Kerjiwal government announced on Friday.
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) which governs thousands of schools across the country has faced criticism from the opposition for going ahead of the exams despite the spike.
Madhya Pradesh too has announced restrictions in cities till Monday.Bengaluru and six other cities in Karnataka have also enforced a night curfew till April 20.
In the last 24 hours, over 11 lakh samples have been tested, which is lower than Friday’s count as over 13 lakh tests were done between Thursday and Friday.
Worldwide, over 13 crore cases have been recorded so far; 29.15 lakh people have died.
The Election Commission on Friday said candidates and star campaigners can be banned from holding campaign rallies if COVID-19 safety rules are not followed. However, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Puduchery and Bengal have already voted. Bengal is voting for the fourth phase today.