India Covid-19 strong 2nd wave: More than 1.07 lakh Covid-19 cases, night curfew in Delhi, other states
The number of coronavirus cases in India hit second wave a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country with over 1.07 lakh new infections reported as several states including imposed night curfews and other curbs.
The second wave of Covid-19 in India is proving to be more infectious than the first with the country reporting over 1.07 lakh new cases. The latest tally is the highest single-day spike that the country has reported since the start of the pandemic.
The record-breaking surge comes as the Centre on Tuesday said Covid-19 is spreading faster in the country than during the last year and cautioned that the next four weeks are “very very critical”. The government also sought people’s participation to control the second wave of the pandemic. Meanwhile, several states across the country announced stricter curbs and night curfews in order to beat the transmission of Covid-19.
Covid cases cross 1-lakh mark for second wave
The number of coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country with over 1.07 lakh new infections reported on Tuesday, according to the data provided by governments of various states and Union territories.
This is the second time India has recorded over one lakh Covid-19 cases in a day.
The states and UTs reporting a large surge included Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Punjab, Chandigarh, Gujarat and Rajasthan, while several other states also reported a lot more new cases than in the recent past in what is being called the second wave of this deadly pandemic.
Among the states with a rapid surge in infections, Maharashtra reported 55,469 cases, Chhattisgarh 9,921 cases, Delhi 5,100 cases, Gujarat 3,280 cases and Rajasthan 2,236 cases.
Delhi imposes night curfew
Delhi on Tuesday joined a growing number of states to impose a night curfew in view of the surge in coronavirus infections as the national capital recorded 5,100 fresh cases on Tuesday, the highest this year.
The curfew from 10 pm to 5 am will be in force with immediate effect till April 30.
“The Delhi government is exploring all options and ideas. Night curfew has a role to check the spread of coronavirus… but the government is not completely dependent on it,” Delhi Minister Gopal Rai said during a press conference.
Unusually heavy traffic was seen at several places in the national capital post 8.30 pm as people scrambled to get home before the night curfew began at 10 pm.
Many who were caught off guard by the government’s night curfew announcement and tried to get e-passes complained that websites of both the Delhi government and police were choked due to heavy traffic.
Centre says no to vaccination for all, next 4 weeks critical
The Centre, meanwhile, responded to growing demands that the age limit for Covid-19 vaccination be relaxed in view of the spike in cases, saying the aim is to protect those who are most vulnerable, and not to “administer the vaccine to those who want it but to those who need it”.
NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr VK Paul said the pandemic situation in the country has worsened with a sharp rise in cases, and a large part of the population is still susceptible to the virus.
He said that priority groups have been decided on the basis of who are vulnerable to mortality.
The tools to fight the pandemic remain the same. Covid-appropriate behaviour, containment measures, testing have to be implemented more efficiently, medical infrastructure has to be ramped up and vaccination drive intensified, he underlined.
The Indian Medical Association(IMA) has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggesting that vaccination be allowed for all people above the age of 18 years.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his Maharashtra counterpart Uddhav Thackeray on Monday also requested Modi to relax the age limit for the vaccination. Karnataka, Punjab and Rajasthan had also made similar suggestions in recent weeks.
Night curfew in 20 cities of Gujarat,HC suggests lockdown
In view of the worsening Covid-19 situation in the state, a night curfew has been imposed in 8 municipal corporations and 20 cities of Gujarat including Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara, Rajkot and Gandhinagar from 8 am to 6 am till April 30.
Till April 30, all major social events in the state have been cancelled. Only 100 people will be allowed to attend weddings.
Meanwhile, the Gujarat High Court on Tuesday said the Covid-19 situation in the state was getting “out of control”, and suggested a curfew or lockdown could be imposed for three to four days to break the infection chain.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting urged private TV channels to disseminate messages for Covid-appropriate behaviour and vaccination of the eligible age group to create greater awareness among people.