tirsdag 6. april 2021

India reports national record 103,558 new Covid cases in 24 hours

India recorded 103,558 new Covid cases on Monday, its biggest ever one-day figure, data from the health ministry showed – taking the national total to 12.59 million cases. The country added 478 new deaths, raising the toll to 165,101.

India has the world’s third-highest number of cases after the US, with 30 million, and Brazil, with just under 13 million. Single-day infections have been rising since early February when they fell to below 9,000 after peaking at almost 100,000 in September. India’s wealthiest state, Maharashtra, home to the financial capital, Mumbai, will impose a weekend lockdown and night curfew on its 110 million people in response to the rise in cases, authorities announced on Sunday. From Monday night until the end of April a night curfew will be imposed, gatherings of more than four people banned, and private offices, restaurants, cinemas, swimming pools, bars, places of worship and public places such as beaches shut.