India reports over 200,000 new coronavirus infections for the first time

Henrietta Strickland
April 15, 2021

Brazil, with 13.52 million cumulative cases, is now recording over 72,000 infections daily on an average.

India is battling a massive second wave of infections, centred on the economically significant state of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai.

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

India has also fast-tracked emergency use approval for eligible foreign-produced shots against COVID-19, in a move to expand its basket of vaccines amid the "highest" surge in infections in the country and speed up the inoculation drive. The National Capital Delhi has emerged as one of the worst-hit places.

Yesterday, it was reported that Delhi set another grim benchmark in terms of daily caseload, with 17,282 fresh cases coming to the fore.

As many as 104 virus-related deaths were registered in the 24-hour period. Chhattisgarh logged another fresh high with 15,121 new cases in the state and as many as 156 more deaths in a single day. Deaths stood at 1,038, taking the total to 173,123.

Almost 10 days ago, the country had crossed the grim milestone of 1 lakh daily cases prompting the authorities to re-impose restrictions in several parts of the country including night curfews and partial lockdowns.

Likewise, the most populous state, Uttar Pradesh, recorded 20,510 fresh coronavirus cases, pushing the tally to 7,44,021 cases.

The number of active cases went past the one-lakh mark and stands at 111,835 now. The two days when the country logged less cases are Monday when the numbers usually drop due to the lower testing and shortage of staffs due to the weekend. UP became the second state after Maharashtra to record over 20,000 new cases in a day.

Vaccination conducted across the country stands at 11.1 crore.This includes 90,48,079 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have taken the first dose and 55,80,569 HCWs who have taken the second dose, 1,01,33,706 frontline Workers (FLWs) who have received the first dose and 50,09,457 FLWs who have taken the second dose.

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