Record 2.34 Lakh Fresh Covid Cases In India, 1,341 Deaths In 24 Hours
New COVID-19 Cases: Maharashtra and Delhi saw the highest-ever surge in infections in the last 24 hours.
India’s Covid caseload rose to 1.45 crore with 2,34,692 fresh infections – the sharpest-ever daily spike – as the country recorded over 2 lakh cases for the third straight day. With 1,341 deaths, India saw the deadliest day of the pandemic this year.
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Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan will today hold a meet with health ministers of 11 states on the Covid crisis. The meeting will start at 11:30 AM.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi this morning appealed in a tweet that the mega Kumbh Mela should “now only be symbolic”. The gathering of tens of thousands of pilgrims and fears of violation of Covid protocols along the banks of Ganga has sparked nationwide concern.
Maharashtra and Delhi saw the highest-ever surge in infections in the last 24 hours. With 63,729 new infections, Maharashtra’s caseload is past the 37-lakh mark now. Delhi, which has surpassed Mumbai, has recorded over 8 lakh cases since the start of the pandemic; 19,486 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours.
The government earlier this week identified 12 states – Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan – as those having high Covid “burden”.
Worldwide, nearly 14 crore cases have been recorded so far and nearly 30 lakh people have died. India has the second-highest number of cases after the United States (3.15 crore).