India has reported 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the biggest single-day rise in cases since the pandemic began. The country also reported 1,038 more COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, which is the highest daily death count this year. The total number of cases reached 1,40,74,564, while the death toll surged to 1,73,123, while total recovered cases stands at 1,24,29,564.
India’s tally of more than 1.4 crore Covid cases is the second-highest globally, behind the United States and ahead of Brazil’s.This is fifth straight day of the country seeing over 1.5 lakh new cases and the ninth straight of over one lakh cases. While the United States took 21 days to reach the daily count of two lakh daily cases from one lakh per day, India reached that grim milestone in just 11 days.
Delhi, Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh are among other states reporting high number of novel coronavirus or Covid-19 cases.
Delhi recorded 17,282 fresh cases of Covid-19 in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day surge in the national capital since the onset of the pandemic, while over 100 fatalities were reported, according to data shared by the health department. As per the latest bulletin, 104 new fatalities were recorded, pushing the death toll to 11,540.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 58,952 new Covid-19 cases and 278 more deaths on Wednesday. In view of the surge, tough new measures were announced by the Maharashtra government for the next 15 days to break the Covid-19 transmission chain and curb the rising cases. Moreover, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray asked officials to closely monitor Covid-19-appropriate behaviour among shop owners, who have been allowed to operate during the new restrictions, as well as customers, and penalise the violators.
Uttar Pradesh has reported 20,510 fresh COVID-19 cases in the highest single-day surge for the state since the coronavirus pandemic began. With 68 more deaths in the last 24 hours, the state’s COVID-19 death toll has now reached 9,376.Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating himself, he tweeted on Wednesday.
Karnataka reported the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases this year with 11,265 new infections in the last 24 hours, which took the overall count to over 10.94 lakh. The state government has ruled out the possibility of a lockdown and instead, ordered a night curfew until April 20 in seven district headquarters, including capital Bengaluru.
Rajasthan will impose a night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in the entire state from tomorrow. The state reported 6,200 new Covid cases on Wednesday – including 1,325 from capital Jaipur – with the positivity rate skyrocketing from two per cent last month to nearly eight per cent now.
Hundreds of thousands of people continued to throng to the Kumbh Mela in Uttarakhand’s Haridwar as officials said the religious gathering will not be cut short due to the rising Covid cases and that it will continue till April 30.
As per the health ministry’s data released on Wednesday, 10 states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka and Kerala, have shown a steep rise in daily new Covid-19 cases accounting for 82.04 per cent of the fresh infections being reported in a day.
Also, 16 states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Kerala, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal — are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases.
Besides this, eight states — Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala — account for 60.16 per cent of the total doses given so far in the country, the ministry said on Wednesday.
India, home to the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer, kicked off its inoculation drive in mid-January and has administered more than 11.44 crore shots so far.