- April 5, 2021
- Posted by: admin
- Category: Daily News
- India reported a record rise in COVID-19 infections on 5 Apr 21, becoming the second country after the United States to post more than 100,000 new cases in a day, as politicians stage massive election rallies raising fears of further spreading the virus.
- Hospitals in the worst affected state, Maharashtra, are being overrun by patients. India’s richest state, home to its commercial capital Mumbai and numerous industries, reported a record 57,074 new cases overnight.
- Maharashtra will start shutting shopping malls, cinemas, bars, restaurants and places of worship from 5 Apr 21 evening. Authorities will also impose a complete lockdown at weekends, as experts worried about a shortage of critical-care beds in hospitals, especially in its smaller cities.
- The country’s daily infections have risen about 12-fold since hitting a multi-month low in early Feb 21, when authorities eased most restrictions and people largely stopped wearing masks and following social distancing.
- India has recorded the most number of infections in the past week anywhere in the world. More infectious variants of the virus may have played a role in the second surge, some epidemiologists say.
- Meanwhile, India has injected 77 million doses at home since starting its campaign in the middle of Jan 21 – the third highest after the United States and China.
- India’s per capita COVID-19 vaccinations, however, are lower than many other countries, including that of more populated China that started giving shots to its citizens much earlier.
- In a meeting held by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 4 Apr 21, officials discussed raising the country’s vaccine output further. The government has in recent weeks slowed vaccine exports, after shipping more than 65 million doses.
- Though cases have risen exponentially in nearly a dozen states, politicians and ministers are still addressing election rallies attended by tens of thousands of mask-less people jostling for space.
- The health minister in the northeastern state of Assam, currently voting to elect a new government, was ridiculed on social media on the weekend after saying there was no need for masks in his state and that wearing one hurts businesses like beauty parlours.
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