Coronavirus Cases in India, Covid-19 Vaccination Tracker, Coronavirus India Lockdown Highlights: Delhi to impose weekend curfew from tomorrow, Uttar Pradesh govt extends night curfew timings in Ghaziabad Noida and 8 other towns
Has India become the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic? (Photos: PTI/Reuters)
New Coronavirus Cases in India Highlights: India on Thursday registered 2,00,739 fresh Covid-19 infections in the last 24 hours, a record high since the coronavirus pandemicbegan last year. This is the highest single-day increase in terms of the new Covid cases that India has ever seen. Over a thousand Indians lost their lives due to the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours. The official health bulletin released by the Centre shows that 1,038 individuals died due to Covid-19. This is the 9th consecutive day when India has seen more than 1 lakh new corona infections. In a matter of 11 days, India doubled the new infections from 1 lakh daily caseload to 2-lakh mark. People are anticipating that the second wave of the coronavirus may have peaked.
However, nothing conclusive can be said yet as states are reporting terrifying surge. The National Capital and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh have registered record-high cases. Hospitals across India are reporting a shortage of beds, oxygen, Remdesivir injections. Cremation grounds are seeing pyres 24 hours with burial grounds running out of space. Social media is flooded with requests for plasma donation and crucial drugs. On Wednesday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan accepted that the production of Remdesivir was reduced as the cases were declining. In a related development, Gujarat has rejected reports that it will supply Remdesivir to BJP-ruled states.
Amid calls for stringent measures, religious gatherings and election rallies are going as usual. On Wednesday when India recorded a new high – 1,84, 372 to be precise — lakhs of devotees were seen taking a dip in the Holy Ganga during the ongoing Kumbh Mela in Haridwar. Elsewhere, cities such as Delhi and Mumbai have been witnessing a steady exodus of the migrant workforce due to the lockdown-like curfew and fear of more stringent restrictions. Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh have set up call centres and snack stalls for the workforce coming home. So how does the second-most populous country in the world battling the second wave of the coronavirus? Well, the straight answer for this is – we are still fighting, there’s no surrender and that is what matters! From tired doctors in Chhattisgarh to melting furnaces at the cremation grounds in Surat, every single city, town, the village has a tale of utter desperation and exhaustion. While the Centre has maintained again and again that there is no shortage of Covid jabs, the state officials have totally different story to tell.
Though nobody wants a lockdown and everybody wants the vaccine, the problem lies in the fact that there is no plan of action so far. It is in this context that Maharashtra’s corona curfew can help India in formulating a new strategy.
Meanwhile, there’s a growing demand among students of other state boards to cancel the exams after the CBSE decided to cancel the Class X exams and postpone the Class XII exams. With coronavirus not going anywhere, anytime soon, even the education sector needs to see how can it impart the lessons without putting the students’ health at risk. Is it also time for the political parties to introspect about the election rallies? Or are we ready to change our lifestyle around the novel coronavirus? These are some of the issues that need to be taken into consideration.
As India sees the fresh peak of the coronavirus wave, here are the latest, verified pandemic updates: