India reporting over 10,000 fresh Covid cases, 60 deaths per hour since April 18

India reporting over 10,000 fresh Covid cases, 60 deaths per hour since April 18
A health worker inspects Covid patients at a Banquet Hall, converted into an isolation centre in New Delhi, Tuesday.
NEW DELHI, APR 20 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 4/20/2021 12:27:08 PM IST

With the onslaught of the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic, India is reporting over 10,000 fresh cases and 60 deaths per hour on an average since Sunday, data from the Union Health Ministry shared suggests, report stated.

On April 1, India reported 3,013 cases and 19 deaths per hour on average, the Union Health Ministry data said. The total number of cases reported on April 1 was 72,330, while 459 deaths were recorded. This jumped to 10,895 cases and over 62 deaths per hour on an average on Sunday when India reported 2,61,500 cases and 1,501 deaths.

On Monday, India reported a record single-day rise of infections (2,73,810) and deaths (1,619). With this, India’s active cases surpassed the 19-lakh mark. Per hour on average, India reported 11,408 cases and 67 deaths on Monday. Tuesday (April 20) was no better as India reported 2,59,170 fresh Coronavirus infections and 1,761 fatalities, making it 10,798 cases and 73 deaths per hour on average. India’s total Covid-19 cases also crossed the 1.53 crore mark on April 20.

India’s tally had crossed the 10-lakh-mark on July 17, 2020; 20-lakh-mark on August 7, 30-lakh on August 23, 40-lakh on September 5 and 50-lakh on September 16.

Maharashtra has been reporting the highest number of cases and deaths since the last few weeks. On April 1, the State reported 39,544 cases and 227 deaths – 1,647 cases and 9 deaths per hour. This has increased to 2,859 cases per hour and 20 deaths per hour as the State reported 68,631 cases and 503 deaths on Sunday.

On Monday, Maharashtra reported 58,924 Covid-19 cases and 351 deaths. Per hour, the State reported 2,455 cases and 14 deaths on the day.

As per the Union Health Ministry, 10 States account for 82.74 per cent of the new deaths. Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties (351). Delhi follows with 240 daily deaths.

Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Rajasthan reported 77.67 per cent of the new cases on Tuesday.

After Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh has been reporting most daily cases. On Sunday, UP reported 30,596 cases and 129 deaths making it 1,274 cases and 5 deaths per hour. On Monday, UP reported 28,211 cases.

Delhi is also among the worst impacted States, accounting for about 1,000 cases and 10 deaths per hour on an average, as per the data from the Delhi Health Department. On April 1, the city reported 116 cases per hour. Delhi reported 2,790 cases and nine deaths on April 1, which has increased to 25,462 cases and 161 deaths on Sunday. While the number of cases dropped on Monday, the death increased to 240– making it 10 deaths per hour on an average.

US puts India on level 4 category 

The US public health agency has warned travellers against heading for India even if they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

If such a journey is unavoidable, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has advised getting all doses of vaccination before setting forth. It has also placed the country in the highest Level 4 category which implies “very high level of Covid-19”.

“Because of the current situation in India, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at the risk for getting and spreading Covid-19 variants and should avoid all travel to India,” the CDC said.

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