India’s soaring Covid-19 has gone from ‘bad to worse’, health official says

India's soaring Covid-19 has gone from 'bad to worse', health official says


Family members and cemetery workers perform the funeral of a woman who died of Covid-19 in New Delhi on March 30.
Family members and cemetery workers perform the funeral of a woman who died of Covid-19 in New Delhi on March 30. Mayank Makhija / NurPhoto / Getty Images

India recorded 354 Covid-19-related deaths on Wednesday, the highest number of deaths reported in a single day since December 17, as officials warned the country must beware of the surge in cases.

VK Paul, a health official for a government-run think tank, said the situation appeared to be going “from bad to worse.”

“It is clear that we have to be very, very, vigilant,” he said.

Between March 24 and March 29, India set new consecutive records for the number of Covid-19 cases identified in one day in 2021, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health.

Almost 80% of new cases in the past 24 hours have been reported in the six states of Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat, according to figures released by the ministry on Tuesday.

India has distributed more than 63 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine since it started vaccinating priority groups on January 16. Starting Thursday, anyone over the age of 45 can be vaccinated.

India has recorded more than 12.1 million cases of the coronavirus and at least 162,468 people have died, according to the Ministry of Health.

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