India reports highest spike of over 1.26L cases

NEW DELHI, APR 8 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/8/2021 1:08:56 PM IST

India registered a record single-day spike of 1,26,789 new COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 1,29,28,574, while the number of active cases also breached the nine lakh-mark again, Health Ministry stated on Thursday.

The death toll also increased to 1,66,862, with 685 new fatalities being reported in a day, according to the data updated at 8 am. Registering a steady increase for the 29th day in row, the count of active cases has gone up to 9,10,319it stated.

Meanwhile, at least 37 doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in Delhi have tested positive for coronavirus. While 32 of them have mild symptoms and are in home isolation, five are admitted in the hospital itself for treatment. All the 37 doctors who have tested positive were vaccinated.

Earlier, Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University (KGMU) vice-chancellor Lt Gen (retd) Dr Vipin Puri and around 40 doctors had tested positive. Most of the doctors, including Puri have tested positive despite taking both the doses of vaccine.

With reports of Covid-19 infecting doctors who have been vaccinated, the Health ministry said that the government will collect data on those testing Covid-19 positive even after getting vaccinated.

PM asks states to observe COVID ‘vaccine festival’ from Apr 11-14

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday said states should observe a ‘vaccine festival’ between April 11-14 to inoculate the maximum number of eligible beneficiaries against COVID-19. In his virtual interaction with chief ministers, Modi urged them to strengthen efforts for the next 2-3 weeks to check the spread of the virus on a “war-footing. 
Modi asked the chief ministers to focus on micro-containment zones and reiterated his call to work on the mantra of test, track, treat besides pushing COVID-appropriate behaviour and COVID-management to bring down the peak. He asked states to not bother much about positive cases and focus on more testing.
“Our efforts should be to inoculate maximum eligible people during the ‘Tika utsav’ (vaccination festival) between April 11-14,” he said, asking youngsters to help those above 45 years of age to get the jab.  April 11 is the birth anniversary of noted social reformer Jyotirao Phule, he noted.
Ten states including Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala and Punjab have shown a steep rise in the daily COVID-19 cases accounting for 84.21% of the 1,26,789 new infections, the Health Ministry said. Modi strongly defended the current eligibility criteria for the vaccination amid demand by some states, ruled by opposition parties, to make the shot open for all above 18 years.
India’s criteria is no different from the most prosperous countries in the world, and it will have to prioritise the vaccination, he said.

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