Highest Cases of Coronavirus in India in One-Day: Has the second wave of coronavirus peaked in India? This is it or situation will further deteriorate? These are some of the questions that will cross your mind when you look at today’s numbers. India on Wednesday recorded the highest-ever, single-day increase in the new coronavirus infection as 1,84,372 Covid-19 infections were reported in the last 24 hours. The fatality figures are a stark reminder of how deadly the second wave is. Over 1,000 Indians have lost their lives in the last 24 hours due to the novel coronavirus. The last time India saw over 1,000 corona deaths was in October last year. The Union Health Ministry data also says that the number of active cases has gone past the 13-lakh mark. While the Centre has advocated mini-containment zones, the states are planning either full lockdowns or strict curfews. All eyes are on Maharashtra that will enter in the tough corona curfew at 8 pm from today. The ‘Break the Chain’ campaign will remain in force till May 1st. These 15 days will show us if we have got a new plan to fight the virus without interrupting the economy.
The Allahabad High Court has also asked the Uttar Pradesh government to think about the lockdown, especially in the surge areas. The most populous state in India has seen a frightening increase in the number of fresh infections in recent days. There are reports that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is also considering hard lockdown in the state. Down South, Karnataka Chief Minister will hold an all-party meet on April 18. So far, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has ruled out any kind of lockdown in Karnataka.
The most troubling news today is the prevalence of the double mutant virus and its possible link with the latest Covid surge. An Indian Express report said that over 60% of cases in Maharashtra have shown the ‘double mutant’ strain. They also say that the link with the sharp increase in corona cases in Maharashtra can’t be ruled out completely.
Amid all this, the state administrations across India will keep a close tab on the Maharashtra model of the corona curfew. The epicentre of the second wave of the coronavirus, Maharashtra has been struggling with exhausted health infrastructure to keep up with the rising demand for beds and other medical facilities.
After weeks of lockdown warning, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday came on the national TV to address the state. This was the broadcast not only watched by the people of Maharashtra but also other states to see how the administration can come up with a plan to beat the virus without harassing the citizens.
As India scrambles for new methods and ways to arrest the positivity rate, here are the latest updates from Maharashtra and other states. Here are the latest, confirmed, verified updates from India and around the globe: