India hits record 200000 daily Covid cases, hospitals stretched

15 Avril, 2021, 20:47 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • A health worker takes a nasal swab sample of a woman to test for COVID-19 at a facility erected in a market in Ahmedabad

India also added 1,038 deaths in the past day, taking the total to nearly 175,000, the health ministry data showed, although on a per capita basis India is far behind many other countries.

Deaths stand at 1,038, taking the total to 173,123.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to1,23,36,036, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.24 per cent, the data stated.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

Yesterday, it was reported that Delhi set another grim benchmark in terms of daily caseload, with 17,282 fresh cases coming to the fore. The worst impact of the virus has been felt in the southern part of the country. four of the five worst-hit states - Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh - are from south India. Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and Bihar are the nine states that recorded their highest ever cases in the last 24 hours.

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The announcements have prompted panic among daily-wage and migrant labourers, whose fortunes took a beating during last year's extended lockdown. Maharashtra tops the list with 1,11,25,434 doses.

Finally, the Kumbh Mela has been underway in full swing.

The state and Central governments both promised various measures to ensure devotees would wear masks and maintain physical distancing at all times.

India's daily new cases continue to rise as the country recorded 2,00,739 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The Centre's response to the Kumbh is in sharp contrast to its and its supporters' response to the Tablighi Jamaat event a year ago, following which Muslims around the country were accused of worsening India's then-much-smaller COVID-19 epidemic.

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