Thu 08 April 2021:
New cases overtake Wednesday’s 115,736 infections, with dozens of cities and towns imposing night curfews to try to contain the second wave.
India on Thursday reported a record single-day high of 126,789 new Covid-19 cases, pushing its infection tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases too went upwards to breach the nine lakh-mark again, Union health ministry data updated on Thursday showed.
Deaths rose by 685, the highest since November, taking the tally to 166,862, the data showed as India’s overall caseload reached 12.9 million, the third-highest globally, behind the United States and Brazil.
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The western state of Maharashtra, the worst-hit in the country, accounted for nearly 47 percent of new infections.
The federal government has refused to impose a second nationwide lockdown, after the first last year had a steep economic effect but it has asked states to decide on imposing local restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
India now has a seven-day rolling average of more than 80,000 cases per day.
“Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon,” Modi tweeted. He received his first vaccine shot on March 1.
India started its vaccination drive in January. So far, more than 90 million health workers and those more than 45 years of age have received at least one shot.
Only 11 million have received both doses as India tries to build immunity to protect its more than 1.3 billion people.
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