India detected 1,26,789 new cases of the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, the highest so far.
Of the total, Maharashtra recorded a new high of 59,907 cases, while Chhattisgarh’s count went past the 10,000-mark for the first time.
Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh, too, reported more than 6,000 cases. The country also recorded 685 related deaths.
India’s caseload now stands at 1,29,28,574, of which 8,43,473 are active cases and 1,18,51,393 people have recovered from the virus.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on Thursday temporarily suspended entry for all travellers from India, including its own citizens, following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from that country. The suspension will start from April 11 and will be in place till April 28, Ardern said in a news conference. During this time the government will look at risk management measures to resume travel.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine at the All India Institutes of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi, on Thursday. He had got his first shot of the Covaxin on March 1. “Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon,” the Prime Minister tweeted. The two nurses who administered the vaccine are P Niveda from Puducherry and Nisha Sharma from Punjab.
Several districts in Maharashtra including Navi Mumbai, Satara and Panvel are likely to shut their Covid-19 vaccination drive from today due to “shortage”. The Maharashtra government had said that the state was running short of Covid vaccines, especially in urban centres, and urged the Centre to send in additional stocks.
Source: The Indian Express
BDST: 1222 HRS, APR 08, 2021