Coronavirus India Lockdown Highlights: India today reported 1,03,558 new cases, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic began last year; weekend lockdown returns in worst-hit state Maharashtra; the state to impose night curfew from today.
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray (File image)
Coronavirus second wave in India: Another day, another peak in daily cases of Coronavirus infection in India. On Sunday, India breached the critical mark of 1-lakh Covid-19 cases for the first time since the pandemic has begun last year and became the second country after the US to achieve the grim milestone. Amid the continuous surge in Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting yesterday. He directed officials to rush high-level central teams to hotspot states/UTs like Maharashtra, Punjab, and Chhattisgarh to decode the reason for the sudden spike in Coronavirus infections. He also ordered a special campaign, beginning tomorrow, to sensitize people about Covid discipline. During the review meeting, three factors were highlighted as key reasons for the recent surge—decline in compliance with Covid appropriate behaviour, (mainly mask indiscipline), pandemic fatigue, and lack of implementation of containment measures.
Meanwhile, ANI reported that Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray has written to PM Modi requesting him to allow vaccination of all above the age of 25 years. Thackeray also thanked PM Modi for accepting his proposal of allowing all persons above 45 yrs of age to be made eligible for COVID-19 vaccination, Maharashtra CMO was quoted saying.
Out of India’s total Covid-19 cases on Sunday, Maharashtra alone accounted for 57,074 cases, its highest ever single-day spike. The state has announced night curfew (starting from today) and weekend lockdown to check the spread of the second wave of Coronavirus infections. Madhya Pradesh has restricted movements from neighbour Chhattisgarh—only allowed essential travels; the state has already sealed its border for entry from Maharashtra. J&K, Punjab, and several other states have closed schools and colleges.
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