caseload has doubled in ten days, with more than 200,000 new infections recorded on Thursday as authorities grapple with vaccines, treatments, and hospital beds shortages. With recent mass religious festivals, political rallies, and crowds at cricket matches, , with almost two million new infections this month alone.
, it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of cases worldwide.
In the past day, it also recorded over 1,000 deaths,data showed, taking its total to 175,000, although India is far behind many other countries per capita.
After a lockdown one year ago caused widespread misery and one of the sharpest downturns of any major economy, the central.
But many states are tightening the screws, particularly Maharashtra and its capital Mumbai, which introduced stricter restrictions for 125this week.
This had prompted many migrant workers to flee Mumbai and other cities in the state, in scenes reminiscent of the exodus fromhalted all activity almost overnight.
are now struggling to cope, running short of beds, oxygen, and coronavirus medicines like remdesivir. The government on Wednesday postponed high school exams for 15 to 18-year-olds, which were to be held in May and June, .
According to local authorities, India’s drive tohas also hit obstacles, with just 114 million shots administered so far and stocks running low.
The government has also put the brakes on the Serum Institute – the world’s largest maker ofto other countries.
Poorer countries and some wealthy nations have relied heavily on Serum for supplies of the. Still, last month New Delhi told the institute to prioritize domestic needs.
The ongoinginclude the Kumbh Mela in Haridwar in northern India, which has seen millions of Hindu pilgrims – mostly without masks – massing on the banks of the holy Ganges river.
Officials said the virus was detected in more than 1,000 people in just 48 hours in Haridwar on Wednesday. “Our faith is the biggest thing for us. It is because of that strong belief that so manyhave come here to dip in Ganga,” Siddharth Chakrapani, a member of one of the Kumbh Mela organizing committees, told AFP. “They believe Maa (mother) Ganga will save them from this pandemic.”