India reported 1,84,372 new coronovirus infections, once again the highest daily tally, in the grip of the deadly second wave of the epidemic. The new cases pushed the total cases to over 1.38 crore. The deaths increased from 1,027 to 1,72,085.
This is the highest daily death toll in nearly six months, with more than 1,000 deaths in the last 24 hours. It is the fourth straight day in the country, with more than 1.5 lakh new cases and the eighth straight in over one lakh cases.
India ranks highest globally, behind the United States and ahead of Brazil in more than 1.38 crore Kovid cases.
Maharashtra is the worst affected state with over 60,000 new cases and 281 deaths in the last 24 hours. Union Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced curfew-like restrictions on public agitation across the state over the next 15 days, starting today, saying “the war against coronovirus has resumed,” as it introduced medical oxygen and hospital beds Flagged the deficiency
In terms of total caseload, Maharashtra is followed by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh.
Uttarakhand’s Haridwar, which is hosting the Kumbh Mela, which was attended by millions, in blatant violation of Kovid protocol, reported 594 new cases of coronovirus on Tuesday, taking the city’s active casolead to 2,812.
Delhi also saw the highest one-day spike with 13,468 new COVID-19 cases and 81 deaths. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday urged the central government to cancel the CBSE board exam.
The government has decided to fast-track emergency approvals for COVID-19 vaccines authorized by Western countries and Japan, paving the way for possible imports of Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson and Modern Shots. Russian-made Kovid Sputnik V has been approved for emergency use in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave vaccine shots on Tuesday to more than 26.46 lakh people on 3 January as “Teeka Utsav”, or “Teeka Utsav”. Vaccination figures fell compared to Monday.