India’s daily Covid case load doubles in 10 days to 200,000

A man is vaccinated with India’s COVAXIN vaccine against COVID-19 at the public hospital in Villa Elisa, Paraguay, April 14, 2021. -AFP

NEW DELHI: India added a record 200,000 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, official data show on Thursday as the country’s huge second wave accelerates.

The number of new infections in one day has more than doubled since the beginning of April with a total of 14.1 million cases.

India also added 1,038 deaths in the past day, taking the total number to nearly 175,000, data from the Ministry of Health show, although India per. In terms of population, India lags far behind many other countries.

This week it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second highest number of cases of Covid-19 – experts have blamed the complacency over the virus and frustration over the wave.

After disappointing with religious mass festivals, political gatherings and spectators at cricket matches, India is experiencing a violent new wave with almost two million new cases this month.

After a lockdown a year ago caused widespread misery and one of the sharpest downturns in any major economy, the central government is desperate to avoid a hugely unpopular second shutdown.

But many states are tightening the screws, especially Maharashtra and the capital Mumbai, which this week imposed tougher restrictions on its 125 million people.

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