India's covid crisis worsens; 93249 test positive

Devotees crowd to enter a temple to offer prayers during Shivratri festival in Jammu on March 11

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

Infections had receded in India for several months but started to rise again in late February. Nearly every major state has started to report a big rise in numbers. India is ranked at the third position in the cumulative count of COVID-19 cases by the Worldometers. Pune and Mumbai, the two worst-affected cities, detected 12,472 and 11,206 new cases respectively.

It is now recording an average of 78,489 Covid-19 cases per day, based on a 7-day moving average to visualise the number of new Covid-19 cases and calculate the rate of change.

The previous high was registered on September 17 a year ago, when the country reported 97,894 positive cases.

Meanwhile, more than 470 more patients died in the past 24 hours, bringing the death toll to 1,65,151. More than 7 lakh cases are now active, of which over 4.3 lakh is in Maharashtra alone. India, on Friday, added the most number of Covid-19 cases than any other country. The event will be observed from April 6 to April 14, 2021. While Arunachal Pradesh stood the lowest in the tally with just 8 active cases, followed by Lakshadweep (36), Mizoram (41), Sikkim (51) and Andaman and Nicobar (57).

Beaches are crowded in Mumbai, the capital of India's worst-hit state as the country struggles with a new wave of infections.

Prime Minister Modi on Sunday had said that the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, COVID-appropriate behaviour and vaccination, if implemented with seriousness and commitment, would be effective in curbing the spread of the pandemic.

During the meeting, he directed for sustainable COVID-19 management and awareness of the community.

The country has made little progress in sequencing its test samples, with news reports stating that less than 1 per cent of samples have been studied so far. The situation is critical in Maharashtra and Chhattisgarh. Since then, new cases have increased more than tenfold.

Kerala: 11,35,233 total cases, 4,668 deaths, 11,02,359 recoveries. However, this time the daily rise in cases has galloped at a much faster pace taking just 25 days (March 10 to April 4) to cross the grim milestone of one-lakh infections. Its contribution in total death has exceeded 7 per cent during the same period.

Karnataka: 10,15,155 total cases, 12,625 deaths, 9,63,419 recoveries. It was suggested that daily performance analysis should be shared with States and UTs as feedback for corrective actions.

India launched its vaccination drive on 16 January, but it was limited to healthcare workers and frontline staff - a sanitation worker became the first Indian to receive the vaccine.

Last week, the government expanded eligibility for the jab to include those aged 45 or older.

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.



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