India records over 1.5L fresh Covid cases

India records over 1.5L fresh Covid cases
NEW DELHI, APR 11 | Publish Date: 4/11/2021 1:12:58 PM IST

The active COVID-19 cases in India breached the 11 lakh-mark for the first time after a record high of 1,52,879 new infections, threatening to stretch the health infrastructure to the brink, while a massive vaccination push, dubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the beginning of another major war against coronavirus, was launched on Sunday.

The active caseload was at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020 and had dipped to 1,35,926 on February 12, 2021, before rising again. Five states-- Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala-- cumulatively account for 70.82 percent of India’s active COVID-19 cases, while Maharashtra alone accounts for 48.57 percent, the Union Health Ministry said.

Amid an unprecedented burden on health infrastructure in 15 states and Delhi, which are witnessing an upward trajectory, authorities have started reserving more hospitals for COVID patients and taking steps to address any shortage of medical supplies, besides enhancing curbs on the movement of people.

The Central government also announced a ban on export of Remdesivir, used in coronavirus treatment, and its Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients. It also asked all domestic manufacturers to display on their website details of their stockists and distributors.

India’s COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,33,58,805, and the death toll increased to 1,69,275 with 839 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18, 2020, the data updated by Health Ministry on Sunday morning showed.

The total active caseload has increased to 11,08,087 and it now comprises 8.29 per cent of the country’s total infections.

According to a PTI tally, the total cases had climbed to 1,35,09,746 by Sunday night, with 11,89,238 active cases.

Among the states displaying an upward graph in daily new cases were Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Haryana, Rajasthan, Punjab, Telangana, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal.

Most of the such states have reimposed restrictions, including the closure of schools, night curfew, weekend and local shutdowns, while ruling out a total lockdown.

But as the latest wave of patients continues to flood hospitals, there are some signs of a rethink.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray and his Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal have said that a lockdown will be the only option if the infections don’t abate and the health system shows signs of collapsing.

With India having all three coronavirus fast-spreading variants that are worrying the global medical community-- B117, first detected in the UK; B1351, now dominant in South Africa; and Brazil’s P1. 

And now a “double-mutant” variant found in India, it has added to highest single-day COVID spikes across the country since January this year.

Meanwhile, as per report made available at 11.30 p.m. Sunday, India’s fresh Covid cases rose to 1,69,899, marking the biggest single-day spike since the beginning of the pandemic last year. 

As many as 904 deaths were also recorded on the day. This is the second straight day the country reported more than 1.5 lakh new cases. 

The figures do not include cases and deaths from Ladakh. The data are sourced from, an independent aggregator of daily COVID-19 figures.


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