Coronavirus India Updates: More Than 2 Lakh New Infections; Weekend Curfew In Delhi
Health workers in personal protective equipment (PPE) collect supplies left at the door of a makeshift Covid-19 quarantine facility set up in a banquet hall in New Delhi. (Photographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: More Than 2 Lakh New Infections; Weekend Curfew In Delhi

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India continued to report a record spike in Covid-19 infections, with Maharashtra still the epicentre of the second wave across the country.

More than 2 lakh people tested positive for the coronavirus in a matter of 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry's update as of 8:00 a.m. on April 15. Active caseload crossed 14.7 lakh for the first time ever.

Key Figures:

  • Total number of confirmed cases: 1,40,74,564
  • Active cases: 14,71,877
  • Total cured/discharged/migrated: 1,24,29,564
  • Total deaths: 1,73,123
  • New infections in 24 hours: 2,00,739
  • Recoveries in a day: 93,528
  • Deaths in a single day: 1,038
  • Total vaccination shots given: 11,44,93,238

Authorities also reported a spike in daily fatalities related to Covid-19. More than 1,000 people succumbed to the illness for the second consecutive day.

Also read: Bodies Pile Up at India Crematoriums Overwhelmed by Virus Surge

Read the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic in India here:

Delhi Imposes Weekend Curfew

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kerjriwal announced a weekend curfew in the city to contain the spread of Covid-19. Here’s a list of what’s allowed and what’s not:

  • Malls, gyms, spas and auditoriums to be closed.
  • Cinemas halls to operate only at 30% capacity.
  • Restaurants can offer only home deliveries.
  • Curfew passes to be issued to those rendering essential services.

Kejriwal went on to assure that there is no shortage of beds in hospitals in Delhi. “According to the latest data, more than 5,000 beds are available,” he said.

(Source: ANI)

Maharashtra Remains Epicentre Of Second Wave

Maharshtra detected 60,212 new cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours, remaining the biggest hotspot for the disease in the country.

To control the spread, a state-wide curfew has been imposed as of 8 p.m. on April 14 that will stay in effect till 7 a.m. on May 1. Maharashtra invoked the Section 144 to tighten restrictions on movement and gathering of people. Essential services remain exempt.

Also read: Maharashtra Covid Curbs: What’s Allowed, What’s Not

Uttar Pradesh with 17,963 new cases and Chhattisgarh with 15,121 fresh infections are the other spots of worry.

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