India reported a record number of fresh Covid-19 infections, once again, as the country battles a second wave of the pandemic.
More than 1.15 lakh people tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8:00 a.m. on April 7. The ministry also reported nearly 60,000 recoveries and 630 deaths in the same period.
Active cases crossed 8.4 lakh for the first time since October last year.
- Total number of confirmed cases: 1,28,01,785
- Active cases: 8,43,473
- Total Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,17,92,135
- Total Deaths: 1,66,177
- New infections in 24 hours: 1,15,736
- Recoveries in a day: 59,856
- Deaths in a single day: 630
- Total vaccination shots administered: 8,70,77,474
Authorities have administered more than 8.7 crore vaccination shots since the inoculation drive began in January, with 33 lakh beneficiaries receiving the jab in just the last 24 hours. India is in the third phase of its immunisation programme where everyone above the age of 45 is eligible for the vaccine.
Serum Institute May Resume Vaccine Exports by June: AP Reports
Serum Institute of India may resume exports of AstraZeneca’s Covid-19 vaccines by June, Chief Executive Officer Adar Poonawalla told the Associated Press. But the resumption will depend on India’s demand for the vaccine, he warned, especially with the surge in cases during the second wave.
Maharashtra Accounts For More Than Half Of Cases
Maharashtra accounts for 58% of all covid cases and 34% of total deaths due to coronavirus in the country, Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said at a press briefing on Tuesday.
“Of the 10 districts with most number of cases, 7 are from Maharashtra,” he said.
The Health Secretary also flagged off Chhattisgarh as a cause for concern in the second wave of infections. “Chhattisgarh despite being a small state reports 6% of total Covid cases and 3% of total deaths in the country,” he said.
50 high-level milti-disciplinary public health teams have been deployed to districts reporting a surge in cases and mortality to assist local authorities in surveillance, control and containment measures. The teams will visit 30 districts of Maharashtra, 11 districts of Chhattisgarh and 9 districts of Punjab.