Coronavirus Lockdown Highlights: Maharashtra sees highest daily count of 47,827 cases; People have become complacent, says CM

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Updated: April 2, 2021 11:01:13 pm

Coronavirus Cases in India, Covid-19 Lockdown in India Highlights: The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise as India recorded the highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases in six months with 81,466 new infections in a span of 24 hours.

Coronavirus Lockdown in India Live, Current Covid-19 Cases in Indiathe nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases has increased to 1,22,21,665. (Photo source: IE)

Coronavirus India Lockdown Highlights: The number of coronavirus cases continues to rise as India recorded the highest single-day rise in coronavirus cases in six months with 81,466 new infections in a span of 24 hours. With this, the nationwide tally of cases has increased to 1,23,03,131. Among the worst-hit states is Maharashtra which has reported the highest daily new cases at 47,827.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said the state may face a shortage of healthcare infrastructure soon if the present “alarming situation” on coronavirus cases continued. Addressing people of the state on social media, Thackeray also said stricter curbs will be imposed in one or two days to check the surge in COVID-19 cases. “Till now, we have administered 65 lakh COVID-19 vaccine doses, including three lakh vaccine doses yesterday,” he said. Some people are getting infected even after vaccination because they stop wearing masks,” Thackeray said. “I cannot rule out imposing a lockdown if the current situation prevails,” he said. People have become complacent, he added.

Delhi recorded over 3500 COVID-19 cases for first time this year as 3,594 infections were reported on Friday. Health bulletin stated that Delhi’s positivity rate stands at 4.11% and 14 deaths were recorded. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an ‘urgent’ meeting to prepare an action plan in the wake of rising COVID-19 cases in the national capital. Apart from the health minister, officials of concerned departments also took part in the meeting.

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India has already launched the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination, open for all aged 45 and above. In a bid to exponentially expand the inoculation drive, the Centre has announced that all vaccination centres, public and private both, will remain operational throughout April, including on gazetted holidays.

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    22:08 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    22:03 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    21:58 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    21:39 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    21:37 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    21:31 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    21:30 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    20:29 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    20:18 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    20:00 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    19:07 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    17:59 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    17:20 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    17:12 (IST)02 Apr 2021
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    16:20 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live News: TV actor Rupali Ganguly tests positive for COVID-19

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    16:12 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Lieutenant Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan vaccine at women's hospital

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    15:58 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live News: Plea seeks door-to-door COVID-19 vaccination for people above 75 yrs

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    15:57 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live News: 2 booked for spreading confusion over COVID-19 vaccination

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    15:44 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live News: EU nations struggle to full show vaccination solidarity

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    15:33 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live News: Schools for students up to Class 8 shut till Apr 11

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    15:12 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live News: UP cop tests positive for COVID-19 weeks after second vaccine shot

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    15:12 (IST)02 Apr 2021
    Coronavirus Live News: 461 fresh cases push Odisha's COVID-19 tally to 3,41,772

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