India reported 115,736 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest total in a day since the start of the pandemic, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health.
India has seen a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases since March. The country reported 103,558 new cases on Monday, surpassing the previous daily record of nearly 98,000 cases recorded during the peak of the first wave in September last year.
“The impact of the pandemic has worsened in the country. Warnings have been given that the situation should not be taken for granted … the rate of increase in cases is higher than last time, “said VK Paul, member of the government-led think tank on Tuesday. Indian Niti Aayog. He added that the next four weeks would be crucial.
India also reported 630 virus-related deaths on Wednesday. His total coronavirus death toll now stands at 166,177, according to the Ministry of Health.
New restrictions: Several Indian cities and states have reinstated coronavirus restrictions in the second wave. Maharashtra imposed weekend closures and curfews, Delhi Union Territory ordered a nighttime curfew, and in the western state of Gujarat, a nighttime curfew was enforced. place in 20 cities.
Some states, including Maharashtra and Delhi, have asked the central government to lower the age limit for people eligible to take the Covid-19 vaccine, which is currently set at 45.
However, the government said on Tuesday that it was necessary to vaccinate healthcare workers and vulnerable groups first.
“The goal is to save those who are vulnerable and protect health systems, the goal is never to give the vaccine to those who want it, the goal is to give it to those who need it”, Rajesh Bhushan , Secretary of India Said the Ministry of Health.