Coronavirus Updates: India Reports More Than 1 Lakh New Infections For The First Time
A healthcare worker checks test strips at a rapid-antigen methodology Covid-19 test site set-up at Dadar railway station in Mumbai. (Photographer: Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus Updates: India Reports More Than 1 Lakh New Infections For The First Time

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India reported a record number of new Covid-19 infections as the country battles a second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than 1 lakh people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8:00 a.m. on April 5. The ministry also reported over 52,000 recoveries and 478 deaths in the same period.

India’s active caseload crossed 7.4 lakh, a high last seen on Oct. 21, 2020.

Key Numbers

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 1,25,89,067
  • Active cases: 7,41,830
  • Total Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,16,82,136
  • Total Deaths: 1,65,101
  • New infections in 24 hours: 1,03,558
  • Recoveries in a day: 52,847
  • Deaths in a single day: 478
  • Total vaccination shots administered: 7,91,05,163

Authorities have administered nearly 8 crore vaccination shots since the inoculation drive began in January, with more than 16 lakh beneficiaries receiving the jab in just the last 24 hours. India is in the third phase of its immunisation programme where everyone above the age of 45 is eligible for the vaccine.

Nearly 50,000 Fresh Cases In Maharashtra, New Curbs Announced

Authorities in Maharashtra detected 49,447 new cases of Covid-19, taking the state’s total tally to 29.5 lakh. Active infections in the state stood above 4 lakh, as of Monday morning.

To contain the surge, Maharashtra government has announced new curbs that will stay in effect till April 30.

  • Prohibitory orders under the Section 144, that bar gatherings of five or more people, will be in place throughout the day.
  • Night curfew will be enforced from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. daily, when no one will be allowed to leave their homes—medical and other essential services stand excluded.
  • A weekend lockdown will start from Friday 8 p.m. and be in place till Monday 7 a.m.

Here’s a list of what’s allowed and what’s not.

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