India on Wednesday recorded 3,293 people dying in the last 24 hours and a massive surge of 360,960 new coronavirus cases, and a global high pushing the total cases to over 1.79 crores highest spike so far. With this, the total caseload stands at 17,997,267 while the death toll from the deadly coronavirus has crossed the 200,000-mark. The death toll stands at 2,01,187.India now has nearly 3 million active cases. India has been reporting over 300,000 cases daily for almost a week now.
This is the seventh straight day that over three lakh cases have been recorded in India, the second worst-hit country after the US. The fresh deaths, marking the deadliest day of the pandemic in the country, take its total fatalities to 2,01,187.
Maharashtra, the state with the highest Covid tally, on Tuesday reported a record 895 new Covid-linked deaths and over 66,000 new cases.
Kerala, which reported India's first coronavirus case last January, logged over 30,000 new infections for the first time on Tuesday. The state's active caseload has risen by a whopping 255 percent in the past two weeks, according to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.
Up to 381 people died of Covid in Delhi over the past 24 hours, the highest ever for the capital. The number of fresh infections was 24,149, which took the number of active cases to over 98,000. The positivity rate remained at 32.72 percent.
Karnataka has begun its two-week lockdown in a bid to break the huge rise in the number of cases in the state. Bengaluru now has over two lakh active cases and its health infrastructure is often unable to cope with the demand for ICU beds, oxygen, and medicines. The state reported 31,830 Covid cases in the last 24 hours.
Assam reported 18 fresh fatalities due to COVID-19 on Tuesday, while the total number of cases rose to over 2.43 lakh with 3,132 more people testing positive for the disease.
The registration for the next phase of the mega vaccination drive for citizens above 18 years of age, which begins on May 1, will start today at 4 pm. Those eligible will be able to book their slots online via the government's Co-Win portal or the Aarogya Setu app. Until now, only people above 45 years of age, healthcare, and frontline workers were allowed to take the vaccine.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday chaired a meeting with top officials to review the Covid situation and asked them to ensure rapid upgrading of health infrastructure.