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Indië recorded 414,188 new cases of Covid-19 in die 24 hours ending Friday morning and 3,915 sterftes, health ministry data showed. This is the first time the country has recorded daily infection figures of over 400,000 for two days in a row.
As the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic continues to devastate India, three more states moved to impose a lockdown on Thursday in an attempt to stem the spread of the virus.
The states of Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan announced complete lockdowns, curbing the movement of people and banning gatherings.
Prime minister Narendra Modi has come under pressure to impose a national lockdown with opposition parties and top US health expert Dr Anthony Fauci, onder andere, saying the move is necessary to contain the spread of the virus.
The Supreme Court has asked the Indian government to prepare for an impending third wave of Covid-19 and on Thursday emphasised the need to vaccinate the population.
Record rise in India’s Covid-19 cases
India reported a record daily rise in Covid-19 cases of 414,188 in die 24 hours ending Friday morning, while deaths rose by 3,915, according to health ministry data.
The country has added 1.57 million cases and nearly 15,000 deaths this week alone, as the second wave of the pandemic continues to overwhelm its healthcare system.
Total infections have crossed 21 miljoen, while total fatalities have reached 234,083. These numbers are widely viewed as an under-statement given chronic issues with under-reporting of cases in India.
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