India records 3,60,960 new Covid cases, death toll crosses 2-lakh mark

at 12:01 pm
India Covid cases

New Delhi (NVI) A day after showing a brief respite from high number of daily Covid cases, India today again logged 3,60,960 new positive cases, a global single-day high, taking the overall caseload to 1,79,97,267.

The death toll due to the deadly virus has surpassed the 2-lakh mark with 3,293 more deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry this morning.

India yesterday reported 3,23,144 new Covid cases and 2,771 virus related deaths.

Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with nearly 900 deaths since yesterday and 66,358 new cases. Uttar Pradesh has logged 32,921 new cases, Karnataka 31,830 and Kerala 32,819 cases in the last 24 hours.

Active cases in the country stand at 29,78,709, which account for 16.34% of the total confirmed cases. Apart from that, a total of 17,23,912 samples have been tested across the country so far.

The new record surge in cases comes on a day when registrations for Covid-19 vaccine for all above 18 years of age will begin from 4 pm today. All citizens above 18 years of age can register themselves on Cowin platform, Aarogya Setu App and UMANG App from 4 pm today to get the vaccine jabs.

Pertinent to mention here that the third phase of nationwide vaccination begins on May 1 in which all above 18 years will be eligible to get the vaccine.

Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin is available for Rs 600 per dose for state governments and Rs 1,200 for private hospitals. Serum Institute of India (SII) has priced its Covishield vaccine at ₹400 per dose for states and ₹600 per dose for private hospitals.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that all above the age of 18 years in the national capital will be vaccinated for free.

India is only second to the US in terms of overall caseload. However, the high number of daily cases- over 3 lakh per day- have even eclipsed what US was reporting last year.

The country has been reporting over 3,00,000 new daily cases for the past one week now. The paucity of medical oxygen, beds and medicines has further exacerbated the situation, with countries like the US, UK, France, UAE, Germany, Australia extending their material support, along with EU.