MUMBAI - India on Monday recorded its biggest daily jump in coronavirus infections, joining only a handful of countries, including the United States, to cross the threshold of 100,000 new cases in a single day. Madhya Pradesh has restricted movements from neighbour Chhattisgarh-only allowed essential travels; the state has already sealed its border for entry from Maharashtra. As per the researchers, the spread of infection is likely to peak in mid-April and active cases may go up to 7.3 lakh.
PM Modi, in a tweet after the review meet, said: "Reviewed the COVID-19 and vaccination related situation across the country". The country's daily case counts have been rising exponentially since early March. J&K, Punjab, and several other states have closed schools and colleges. "Further, all gatherings for social and customary functions will be restricted to 200 only and after following due COVID SOPs", tweeted L-G Sinha. A night curfew remains in effect. Prime Minister stressed on the need to continue Jan Bhagidari and Jan Andolan for COVID-19 management.
In the capital New Delhi, the chief minister has ruled out a new lockdown despite the surge in cases.
Private offices were asked to work from home, with some allowances for banks and stock exchanges. "I appeal to the people of Delhi with folded hands, please wear masks", he said. As of April 4, it is 115.4 days, the ministry said on Sunday. India is ranked at the third position in the cumulative count of COVID-19 cases by the Worldometers.
So far, 7,59,79,651 doses of the corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after the approval for Covishield and Covaxin.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 11,66,716 samples were tested on Saturday. Its trial is in the final stage.
Hopes at the start of the year that the outbreak may be subsiding in the vast nation of 1.3 billion people have been dashed in recent weeks with a fresh wave that has pushed the national total to 12.5 million infections and 165,000 deaths.
From Friday, the government started vaccinating all people above 45 years.
India's two approved vaccines - one developed by AstraZeneca and the other a homegrown shot from Bharat Biotech - are effective against variants of the virus first identified in Britain and Brazil, health officials said.
Notably, India, which is witnessing the second wave of the pandemic, added 5,49,423 Covid-19 cases over the last week, while U.S. and Brazil logged 4,42,981 and 4,50,268 cases, respectively.
The country has launched the third phase of its coronavirus vaccination drive with those older than 45 eligible for the jab.
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