NEW DELHI (AP) – India confirmed its biggest increase in coronavirus outbreaks since the epidemic began on Monday.
The Ministry of Health reported 103,558 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, surpassing the previous peak of 97,894 daily cases reported in late September. The number of fatalities increased by 478, bringing the number of victims in the country to 165,101.
In India, there are now an average of more than 73,000 cases per day in seven days, և the country is infected faster than anywhere else in the world.
The largest contributor to growth was the western state of Maharashtra, where Mumbai’s commercial capital is located. In the last two weeks, the state has imported more than 55% of the total cases of the republic.
The state will start closing cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship on Monday evening. Authorities will carry out a complete blockade over the weekend.
In India, the infections were delayed for several months, but resumed in late February. New cases have increased tenfold since then.
India has confirmed a possible new version of the virus, but officials have warned that it will not be linked to the virus.
Experts point out that the rise of the wave is partly to blame for the growing disregard for social distance in wearing masks in public places, including public gatherings. Some say the government has sent mixed messages.
As health officials continue to warn of public gatherings, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party leaders continue to hold mammoth rallies in several states where local elections are taking place.
The Modi government allowed a huge one-month Indian festival to be held on the banks of the Ganges River in northern Uttar Pradesh. The festival attracts tens of thousands of devotees every day.
India has intensified its push for vaccines in recent weeks, with more than 3 million concussions a day. But the cadres are slowly reaching India’s almost 1.4 billion population.
More than 76 million Indians received at least one shot, but only 9.5 million received both. Health officials want to cover 300 million people by August, but experts say vaccines need to move faster to stop the spread.
The country has launched its third round of coronavirus vaccinations against people over the age of 45 who may be infected. In the first two rounds, frontline workers and people over 60 were eligible.
India has reported 12.6 million cases of the virus since the outbreak, the highest since the United States and Brazil.