India reports more than 200,000 new Covid-19 cases for first time

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2021

As of this week around 100 million doses of India's Covishield and Covaxin vaccines have been administered, according to the BBC. A total of 25,92,07,108 samples have been tested in the country as of April 12 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Various states have reported vaccine shortages - vaccination centres in Maharashtra and Odisha have reportedly shut for want of doses - but the government had been deflecting this criticism and denying any logistical issues, before its volte-face.

This week, it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of Covid-19 cases - experts have blamed complacency about the virus and frustration for the surge.

India reported 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases alongside 93,528 recoveries and 1,038 deaths in the last 24 hours.

In India, as many as 14,00,122 samples were tested on April 12 (results of which were made available on April 13).

Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala cumulatively account for 67.16 per cent of country's total active cases whereas Maharashtra alone accounts for 43.54 per cent of the total active caseload of the country.

Covid cases are rising exponentially with a highly infectious strain stalking the Indian capital New Delhi.

In addition to the 200,739 new cases, India's health ministry said that 1,038 people had died, bringing the total number of deaths to 173,123.

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

Meanwhile, new curbs came into force in Maharashtra yesterday.

Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Lakshadweep, and Arunachal Pradesh have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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