India Live Updates: India reported 89,129 new cases of on Friday, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. Active cases in the country have risen to 6.58 lakh, while at least 1,15,69,241 have recovered from the disease.
As many as 714 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, mainly because of addition of previously unaccounted deaths in Maharashtra. Maharashtra reported 481 deaths on Friday. Of these, 279 were a result of data reconciliation, and addition of deaths that were previously not counted. Of the remaining 202 deaths, 115 occurred in the previous two days, while 87 were from the previous one week.
Maharashtra scaled a new peak of 47,913 cases. Karnataka reported more than 4,900. Delhi also showed a big jump in new cases, reporting 3,594 cases. Among other states, Punjab reported 57 deaths, and Chhattisgarh 43. Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh reported 16 each.
On the day the Centre categorised 11 states and Union Territories as “states of grave concern” on account of their high and rising daily Covid-19 cases and deaths, severalto take measures and impose curbs on movement to contain the surge.
Stating that these states/UTs — Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh,, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Haryana — have contributed 90 per cent of India’s Covid cases and 90.5 per cent of deaths (as on March 31) in the last 14 days, and have crossed or are close to crossing their peaks reported last year, the Centre said the situation was particularly worrying in Maharashtra. The total caseload of the state now stands at 29.04 lakh, of which 3.89 lakh are active cases. Active cases have nearly tripled from 1.3 lakh on March 15.
On Friday, as Maharashtra reported 47,827 new Covid-19 cases, the highest since thebegan last year, Chief Minister stopped short of announcing a lockdown, but warned that the decision may have to be taken after two days following consultations with experts and political leaders.
In a public address streamed live on social media, Thackeray warned that if the number of cases continued to rise at the current rate, the state would fall short of medical personnel even if health infrastructure could be expanded.
The cumulative number of coronavirus vaccines administered in the country crossed 7 crore with 12,76,191 doses given till 8 pm on Friday, the Health Ministry said.
India has administered a total of 7,06,18,026 vaccine doses till 8 pm, the ministry said, adding that the number included 6,13,56,345 people who received their first dose. The second dose of the vaccine has been administered to 92,61,681 people.
The third phase of the Covid-19 vaccination drive for those aged above 45 was launched on April 1.