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India records 1,31,968 new cases, 780 deaths in the last 24 hours,highest-ever daily count

By Priyanka Verma 
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India reported 1,31,968 Covid-19 cases and 780 deaths in the 24 hours ending 9 am Friday. The country’s caseload includes 9,79,608 active cases and 1,19,13,292 recoveries and 1,67,642 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said.

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This is the fourth time in five days when India reported over one lakh new cases. India is the third worst-hit country after the United States and Brazil.The surge, much steeper than last year’s first wave, has forced many states have imposed tight curbs.

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

While emphasising that vaccination is a long-term and continuous strategy, PM Modi called for a “vaccination utsav” between the birth anniversaries of icons Jyotiba Phule (Aprill 11) and B R Ambedkar (April 14).

However, vaccine centres in several states, including hardest-hit Maharashtra, have been shutting early and turning people away as supplies run out.

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Several districts in Maharashtra have stopped vaccinations completely as they have run out of vaccine doses. Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have shut more than 20 vaccination centres to cope with the shortage. The state’s Home Minister has made an appeal to centre to ramp up vaccinations. Mumbai reported 8,938 new COVID-19 cases today, a drop from over 10,000 infections each on the previous two days.

In terms of the total caseload, Maharashtra is followed by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan yesterday dismissed as “farce” the “hue and cry” by certain states about partisanship by the Centre and called it an attempt to hide their own incompetence, saying non-BJP ruled Maharashtra and Rajasthan figured among the top three states based on allocation of vaccines.

A night curfew will be enforced in Bengaluru and six other cities in Karnataka from 10 pm to 5 am starting tomorrow, till April 20, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said yesterday. With 6,570 new cases, Karnataka’s total caseload crossed 10.4 lakh.

Similarly, in Uttar Pradesh too, a night curfew is in place since yesterday in Noida, Allahabad, Meerut and Ghaziabad. In Bareilly, the night curfew will be imposed from today. The country’s most populous state reported 39 more COVID-19 fatalities on Thursday pushing the toll to 9,003, while 8,490 new cases took the infection tally to 6,54,404.

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Delhi recorded 7,437 fresh cases of COVID-19 in highest single-day spike this year. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is among those who have demanded that the vaccination drive be opened to other age groups.

According to the ICMR, 25,40,41,584 samples have been tested up to April 8 with 13,64,205 samples being tested on Thursday.

As many as 9,43,34,262 people have been inoculated against COVID-19 in the country so far.

Total cases: 1,30,60,542

Total recoveries: 1,19,13,292

Active cases: 9,79,608

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Death toll: 1,67,642

Total vaccination: 9,43,34,262

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