Coronavirus (COVID-19) Latest News: At 1.35 crore COVID-19 cases so far, India crossed Brazil’s 1.34 crore tally but remains behind America’s 3.12 crore.
India overtook Brazil on Monday to become the second-worst hit country in terms of COVID-19 infections, bearing the brunt of a new wave fanned by crowded election rallies, religious festivals and cavalier attitudes.
India reported a new record in daily coronavirus infections, logging over 1.68 lakh cases. At 1.35 crore COVID-19 cases so far, the country crossed Brazil’s 1.34 crore tally but remains behind America’s 3.12 crore.
The total number of deaths because of COVID-19 crossed 1.7 lakh and active cases hit a new high of 12 lakh.
Meanwhile, Russia’s Covid vaccine Sputnik-V has been cleared for emergency use approval in India by a committee of experts in the middle of a record spike in virus cases in the country. If approved by regulator DGCI, this will become the third vaccine to be used in India after Serum Institute of India’s Covishield – developed by Oxford-AstraZeneca – and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin.
Sputnik-V, manufactured in India by Dr Reddy’s, has the highest effectiveness – 91.6 per cent — after the Moderna and Pfizer shots.
Here are the Live Updates on Coronavirus India Cases:
With over 11,000 new Covid cases in the past 24 hours – and nearly 20,000 in the 48 hours prior – Delhi is now third on the list of states reporting the most number of new cases every day. The city also reported 72 Covid-linked deaths on Monday – the most in a day since December 5. Read Here
Chhattisgarh’s COVID-19 count rose to 4,56,873 on Monday with the addition of 13,576 fresh cases, while the death toll mounted by 132 to 5,031, an official said. This is the sixth consecutive day when the state has recorded more than 10,000 cases.
Piled on gurneys, lying on the floor and even outside in the sun by the dumpsters – skin-crawling scenes of bodies at Raipur’s biggest government hospital highlight the huge human cost of the second wave of COVID-19 in India and shows what happens when the country’s creaky healthcare system is pushed to its brink. Read Here
Delhi: Amid rising cases of COVID-19, migrant workers start returning to their native places; visuals from ISBT, Anand Vihar.
“The rate at which the cases are rising makes it obvious that lockdown would be imposed. That is why I am going home,” a labourer said yesterday. pic.twitter.com/8D2kfxQcfN
– ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2021
“Coronavirus infection is a curse to mankind. It has taken more lives than any other pandemic. Though restrictions like partial lockdowns, night curfew are imposed in other parts of the country. To prevent the rapid spread of the disease, in poll-bound West Bengal no such precautions have been adopted,” Mr Chowdhury wrote in his letter to the EC.