New Delhi: Amid reports of resurgence of deadly Coronavirus as a second wave of Covid-19 hits India, the country has added 40,953 new cases of infections in the last 24 hours – biggest single-day rise since November 29. In the 24-hour time window, 188 deaths linked to the virus were recorded in the country taking the total number of fatalities to 1,59,558.
The worsening situation has prompted the administration and authorities to consider return of school closures, restrictions on public gatherings and other virus-fighting measures, including lockdown in their worst-hit districts.
So far, India has now recorded around 1.15 crore or precisely 1,15,55,284 cases since the outbreak of the pandemic a year ago. Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat are the five states that have recorded the highest single-day surge since yesterday,, as per government data updated today showed.
What has happened so far:
–India recorded more than 30,000 fresh cases today for the third consecutive day.
-Today’s surge is nearly four per cent higher than the daily rise in cases recorded yesterday morning when 39,726 new cases were added. The country has been recording more than 20,000 cases since last week.
-As per the Health Ministry data, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh account for 80.63 per cent of the daily new cases.
-On Friday, Maharashtra, one of the worst hit states, reported 25,681 active corona cases, which was over 60 per cent of the countrywide total of daily. State capital Mumbai, meanwhile, recorded 3,062 Covid cases, which is the city’s highest single-day rise ever.
-Madhya Pradesh government has announced a lockdown in capital Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur. The three cities will remain shut from 10 pm on Saturday to 6 am on Monday, and their schools and colleges will remain closed till March 31, the state government said on Friday. The announcement comes amid a massive surge of Covid cases in Maharashtra with which the state shares its border.
-All educational institutions will remain closed in Punjab from March 20 till the end of the month as part of the state-wide restrictions to arrest the surge in coronavirus cases. The state CM Amarinder Singh has also imposed restrictions on cinema and mall capacities.
-Meanwhile, Delhi has also its highest daily high this year on Friday with reported 716 cases. It is also the first time that the national capital breached the 700-mark. On December 27, Delhi had recorded 757 cases.
-India is witnessing rapid increase in Covid cases amid a countrywide vaccination drive through which over four crore people have been administered anti-Covid vaccine jabs so far.
-Serum Institute’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin have been currently approved for restricted emergency use in India.
-Last week, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had announced that more than six coronavirus vaccines will come up in India.
-On Friday, Dr Harsh Vardhan while speaking in Lok Sabha, said that there should not be any misconceptions about the two Indian vaccines being administered in the country. “No one should have any doubts about the COVID-19 vaccines. I urge all to take the vaccine shots,” said the Union Minister.