As the government warns against protocol failures and authorities plan for a second Covid wave, India reported another spike of nearly 40,000 new infections in the last 24 hours, the biggest spike since November 29. India’s Covid count now stands at 1,15,14,331 cases, with 154 deaths in the last 24 hours bringing the total number of casualties to 1,59,370. According to government numbers, the five states with the largest single-day surge since yesterday are Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka, and Gujarat.
India has now seen more than 20,000 new daily cases for nine-day in a row. The country’s coronavirus count had risen by 35,871 only a day before, the largest single-day growth in 2021.
With the second wave of novel coronavirus infections in Punjab, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Thursday extended the night curfew in the state’s nine worst-affected regions by two hours and cautioned that he would not “go easy on citizens” if they did not follow Covid guidelines.
Other states that contributed significantly to India’s recent increase in coronavirus disease cases are Punjab (2,417) and Karnataka (1,488).
Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi Chief Minister, said on Thursday that his government would vaccinate “the entire city of Delhi in three months,” as he urged the Centre to allow vaccination for anyone over the age of 18. “Allow for walk-in vaccines at all places for everyone. If all of this is allowed and we have enough supplies, we will be able to vaccinate the entire city of Delhi in three months, according to our plan “After a meeting to discuss the rise in virus cases, the Chief Minister said.
At a meeting with chief ministers on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India must “immediately stop the emerging second peak and take big and decisive steps.”
After the outbreak, more than 12 crore people have been affected globally, with 26 lakh deaths.