3.14 Lakh Corona Cases: India today reported the world’s biggest-ever daily surge with 3.14 lakh new cases and 2,104 deaths since yesterday. This is the fastest rise in cases and deaths any country has suffered till now.
Amid the rising number of Covid-19 cases across India, several states have been imposing coronavirus-necessitated curbs in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus variants. The country is gearing up for the third phase of its nationwide Covid-19 vaccination drive, slated to begin on May 1.
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• The Union health ministry’s dashboard on Thursday showed that India has recorded 314,835 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike in the world.
• Fresh Covid-19 curbs are in place in Maharashtra, India’s worst-hit state, from Thursday. The restrictions will remain in effect till May 1 in view of the sudden surge in coronavirus disease cases in the state.
• A nationwide shortage in oxygen supply is being reported, with at least 24 Covid-19 patients at a hospital in Maharashtra’s Nashik dying on Wednesday after their ventilators ran out. Hospitals in Delhi, the national capital, and elsewhere have warned that their supplies of medical oxygen given to severely ill Covid-19 patients are running low.
On the other side of the world, the United States of America has administered over 200 million Covid-19 vaccine shots. US president Joe Biden called this a “stunning achievement”.