- With 904 new Covid deaths, India’s overall death toll now stands at 1,70,179.
- With 63,294 new cases, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state.
- So far, over 10.45 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered throughout the country.
India has reported 1,68,912 new Covid cases in the last 24 hours, the 6th highest number in seven days, taking the country’s caseload to over 1.35 crore. The virus’s resurgence resulted in 904 new deaths, bringing the overall death toll to 1,70,179.
Here’s a quick overview to coronavirus in India in ten points:
1. India has the second-highest number of Covid cases in the world, trailing only the United States and just ahead of Brazil.
2. With 63,294 new cases and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state. The state government is expected to make a decision this week about whether or not to declare a complete lockdown.
3. Maharashtra is led by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh in terms of overall caseload.
4. With 10,774 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths recorded in a single day, Delhi had the highest single-day surge. This is the capital’s fourth wave, according to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, and it is “far more dangerous.” He’ll hold a crucial meeting today to assess the situation.
5. Gujarat registered 5,469 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, bringing the total number of cases to 3,47,495. The Gujarat High Court filed a public interest litigation of its own in response to the pandemic, citing media reports that the state was on the verge of a “health emergency of sorts.”
6. Despite the fact that the country is in the grip of a deadly pandemic, lakhs of devotees from all over the country have gathered in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, for the Kumbh Mela which is one of the world’s largest religious gatherings. On the banks of the Ganga river, over one lakh devotees were seen, clearly violating COVID-19 regulations.
7. In the last 24 hours, the country has administered over 29.33 lakh vaccine doses, totalling over 10.45 crore doses.
8. The Union health ministry said that central teams have recorded non-compliance with COVID-19 acceptable behaviour in almost all of the 50 most-affected districts in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, and Punjab, and urged the states to enforce the rules strictly.
9. According to reports, judges will hear cases via video conference from their homes because 50% of the Supreme Court staff has tested positive for the virus. Sanitation is being carried out in the court premises, including the courtrooms.
10. The government banned the export of the antiviral drug Remdesivir and its active pharmaceutical ingredients on Sunday, citing an increase in demand caused by a record number of COVID-19 infections, which has resulted in crippling shortages in many regions.