India Records Record 115,736 New COVID Cases and Delhi Night Curfew | News on the coronavirus pandemic
India has a record number of cases in the past 24 hours as the Delhi government imposes a nighttime curfew to stem the outbreak.
India has reported a record 115,736 new coronavirus infections, bringing the total to more than 12.8 million cases, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
The death toll in the third worst-affected country in the world after the United States and Brazil has reached 166,177, including 630 new deaths, the ministry said on Wednesday.
India reported more than 100,000 cases on Monday for the first time since the pandemic began last year. Nearly 97,000 cases were recorded on Tuesday.
As cases continue to rise in many parts of the country, authorities have announced strict restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.
On Tuesday, the capital New Delhi imposed a nighttime curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. until April 30, with only essential services or people traveling to and from vaccination centers being allowed on the streets.
The Delhi regional government said the “sudden increase in COVID-19 cases” and “a high positivity rate” meant that a nighttime curfew was needed.
The state of Maharashtra, home to India’s financial center Mumbai, has also introduced similar restrictions, including a nighttime curfew and a weekend lockdown.
The state reported more than 55,000 new cases of the coronavirus on Wednesday – nearly half of the total reported cases.
The Indian government has so far avoided repeating national restrictions imposed in March of last year – one of the toughest lockdowns in the world – as it seeks to revive the country’s devastated economy.
Vinod K Paul, a member of the government advisory body NITI Aayog, said in a health briefing on Tuesday evening that the next four weeks would be very critical for the country.
One-day infections have increased since early February, when they fell below 9,000.
The country has recorded more than 549,000 cases in the past seven days – a 40% increase from the previous week, according to data compiled by the AFP news agency.
Brazil recorded just under 440,000 cases and the United States reported just over 453,000, both down from the previous week.
India’s health ministry said on Tuesday that more than 83 million vaccines had been administered as part of an ambitious campaign to immunize 300 million people by the end of July.
Delhi has meanwhile ordered a third of all its vaccination sites in government hospitals to open 24 hours a day to speed up the pace of inoculation.