Amid the worrying surge in cases due to the second wave of the pandemic, the total caseload in India now stands at 1.53 crore.
In a deadliest day of the pandemic so far, India registered 1,761 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, with 2.59 lakh new cases. Amid the worrying surge in cases due to the second wave of the pandemic, the total caseload in India now stands at 1.53 crore.
For last 6 straight days, India has been recording over 2 lakh cases of infections. In the total number of cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic, India is second only to the United States.
The government on Monday gave a relief to many as it said that all citizens who are 18 or above can get COVID-19 vaccinations from May 1. The decision was taken amid serious rise in cases and demands by opposition and citizens to open up the vaccination for all. Vaccine manufacturers will need to supply 50% of doses to the centre and the rest to state governments and the open market at a pre-declared price, the government said.
The country’s worst-hit state, Maharashtra reported 58,924 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the tally to over 38.98 lakh. With 351 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total fatalities reached 60,824. After Maharashtra, southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh are worst-hit by the virus.
Amid the deteriorating COVID-19 situation in the capital, Delhi is under a weeklong lockdown. Delhi, in its highest every death toll because of the virus, recorded 240 fatalities. The national capital also recorded 23,686 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.
The Uttar Pradesh government, after Allahabad High Court directions to lockdown five cities – Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur, Gorakhpur – from Monday night till April 26 – in view of the rapid daily increase in coronavirus cases, refused to follow the directions. The country’s most populous state logged in 28,211 new COVID-19 cases and 167 deaths.