India reported 184,372 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest figure in a single day since the start of the pandemic, according to data from the Indian Ministry of Health.
It is one of the highest cases in the world this week. To put that into perspective, the United States reported more than 77,000 cases on Tuesday and Brazil more than 82,000 – both well below India’s tally, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The ministry also reported 1,027 additional related deaths, marking the first time India has reported more than 1,000 new daily deaths since October.
The new figures bring the country’s totals to 13,873,825 cases and 172,085 related deaths.
Massive pilgrimage: Cases are on the rise in the town of Haridwar, in the state of Uttarakhand, where the month-long Kumbh Mela religious festival takes place. Millions of Hindus from all over the country came to Haridwar to bathe in the Ganges and attend prayers together.
Monday marked the festival’s “auspicious” first day, and up to 2.4 million people took a dip in the Ganges, police officials told CNN. The second day of swimming started on Wednesday and the last will be on April 27.
Haridwar has seen more than 1,000 new cases in the past two days alone, according to figures released by the state’s health department. To put that into context, the city only reported 70 new cases on March 31, the day before the festival started.
New restrictions: Severe restrictions will take effect Wednesday evening in the hard-hit state of Maharashtra, until May 1.
Public gatherings will be limited to four people. People are encouraged to work from home and adhere to a voluntary curfew. Only essential travel and services will be permitted statewide. Shopping malls, malls, movie sets and beaches will be closed, while hotels and restaurants will only be allowed to provide delivery and take-out services.
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