Coronavirus India Updates: Nearly 3 Lakh New Cases; Maharashtra Further Tightens Curbs

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India reported more than 2,000 deaths related to Covid-19 in a single day, as the infection continued to spread at a record pace and states continued to tighten curbs.

2.95 lakh people tested positive for the virus in a 24-hour period, taking the active caseload above 21 lakh, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on April 21.

At 2,023, the daily fatality rate was the highest ever, with the total coronavirus death toll crossing 1.82 lakh.

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Key figures:

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,56,16,130
  • Total number of active cases: 21,57,538
  • Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,32,76,039
  • Total deaths: 1,82,553
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 2,95,041
  • One-day recoveries: 1,67,457
  • One-day deaths: 2,023
  • Total vaccinations: 13,23,30,644

India has been reporting a record spike in coronavirus cases for two weeks even as the government accelerated its vaccination drive to fight the world’s fastest-growing outbreak.

Authorities have administered more than 13 crore vaccination shots so far, under the first two phases of the immunisation drive. The government will open up Covid-19 vaccinations to everyone above 18 years of age from May 1, under it’s third phase. The goal is to cover about 25 crore people with two doses by July.

Maharashtra Imposes New Restrictions

The government of Maharashtra has imposed new restrictions on the functioning of offices, public and private transport and inter-city movement, that will remain in force throughout the state from 8 p.m. on April 22 to 7 a.m. on May 1, according to an order issued by the Chief Secretary.

  • All government offices to operate at 15% attendance except for emergency services directly connected to the management of Covid-19.
  • Marriage ceremony may be conducted only as a single event in a single hall not extending beyond 2 hours with a maximum of 25 persons in attendance.
  • Private passenger transport, excluding buses, can ply only for emergency or essential services or valid reasons, with driver plus 50% of the seating capacity.
  • Inter-district or inter-city travel is allowed only if required for performing an essential service or in case of emergencies.
  • Government-owned and private buses can ply with 50% of seating capacity with no standing travelers.
  • Government and medical personnel, people in need of medical treatment, specially abled persons and the ones accompanying the needy will be allowed to use local trains, metro and mono rails.

All conditions, other than the ones specified in the new order, will be in accordance with the government order dated April 13, 2021.

. Read more on Coronavirus Outbreak by BloombergQuint.

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