Record increase in daily Covid-19 cases in India continues

Record increase in daily Covid-19 cases in India continues


A health worker collects nasal swab samples at a Covid-19 testing center in Hyderabad, India on April 12.
A health worker collects nasal swab samples at a Covid-19 testing center in Hyderabad, India on April 12. Mahesh Kumar A./AP

India reported 261,500 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday, the fourth consecutive day of more than 200,000 infections and the highest since the start of the pandemic, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health.

The health ministry also reported 1,501 new deaths, the highest in nearly 10 months.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a special meeting on Sunday to address the ongoing health crisis caused by the second wave, asking officials to stick to testing, monitoring and treatment.

Indian states have faced a shortage of oxygen in hospitals and Modi has called for the installation of 162 oxygen factories across the country to be speeded up, according to a press release issued by the Prime Minister’s Office.

A little background: The latest spike in cases has led Modi to appeal to pilgrims and religious groups celebrating the month-long Kumbh Mela festival to dissolve and perform the necessary rituals symbolically instead of physically congregating in the state of Uttarakhand.

“Now Kumbh is expected to be symbolically executed amid the ongoing corona crisis,” Modi tweeted on Saturday.

The Indian district of Haridwar, where the festival takes place, has reported a total of 5,505 cases since the festival began on April 1.

India hit the 13 million mark on April 9 and added another million cases in less than a week, topping 14 million cases on Thursday. India reported a total of 14,788,109 coronavirus cases and 177,150 deaths on Sunday, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.

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