India tightens screws as Covid-19 infections hit new record

India tightens screws as Covid-19 infections hit new record

The death toll reached 1,64,623 on Sunday with 513 new fatalities, showed the ministry data. The daily cases peaked on September 16, 2020, with 97,894 people testing positive for the virus in a single day. Nearly every major state has started to report a big rise in numbers.

The Prime Minister directed to continue with the mission-mode approach in the states and districts reporting high cases so that the collective gains of COVID-19 management in the country in the last 15 months are not squandered.

The country is only the second - after the United States - to record so many new cases in one day.

At the peak of its first wave, India recorded 99,181 cases on September 10 but was soon taken over by the USA, which recorded 308,941 cases on its worst day on January 8.

Furthermore, 60,048 people were discharged after recovery on Saturday, taking the nationwide recovery tally to 1,16,29,289.

According to the ICMR, 24,90,19,657 samples have been tested up to April 4 with 8,93,749 samples being tested on Sunday.

The third phase - which began on 1 April - opened amid a sharp uptick in Covid-19 cases.

Meanwhile, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, a total of 7,59,79,651 people have been vaccinated across the country till now.

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India's active COVID-19 tally has Maharashtra (43,1896) at the top, followed by Chhattisgarh (38,450), Karnataka (39,111), Kerala (28,206), Tamil Nadu (21,958) and Punjab (25,314).

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research", the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Andhra Pradesh: 9,07,676 total cases, 7,239 deaths, 8,90,137 recoveries. In Maharashtra, the total number of new cases per day has touched 47,913 which is more than double its earlier peak. The 10 high burden States and UTs are contributing 91.4 per cent of total cases and 90.9 per cent of total deaths in the country.

Among other states, Chhattisgarh discovered more than 5,000 cases for the second straight day, while Punjab slipped to the 3,000-range once again. The other states and union territories also include Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat.

These states and UTs have been categorised as "states of grave concern" on account of their high and rising daily COVID-19 cases and deaths.

Last week, it opened up vaccinations to all those over 45 years old to speed up its flagging national inoculation drive.

India's vaccination program started in January, but only about 5 percent of the country's 1.3 billion people have had their first shot.

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