New Delhi: India recorded over 1.15 lakh new Covid cases in the last 24 hours for first time since the beginning of the pandemic, setting an unprecedented, grim record during the second wave. The government said the next four weeks are “very, very critical”.
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- The 1,15,736 new infections have taken the country’s total cases to over 1.28 crore. 630 deaths within the last 24 hours have pushed the entire coronavirus death count in India to 1,66,177. India is that the world’s third worst-hit country after the us and Brazil.
- The government on Tuesday said that vaccinations won’t be opened to a wider group anytime soon. “Why did we prioritise some groups over others? Because during this phase of vaccination (till around July), vaccines are going to be in limited supply,” Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan told press agency ANI on Tuesday evening.
- Chhattisgarh, Delhi, Karnataka, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh are the five states with the very best rise in daily infections.
- Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, reported over 55,000 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. In Mumbai, a centralised system has been set by the civic body for allotment of beds so that there is no chaos and crowding at hospitals.
- Maharashtra is followed by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu in terms of the total caseload.
- Chhattisgarh, among the states that saw the highest daily rise in the number of cases, logged in 9,921 new cases. Six per cent of India’s Covid cases and 3 per cent of Covid deaths in the country are from Chhattisgarh, whose population is lesser that that of the bigger states, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said on Tuesday. The centre said the number of RT-PCR tests needs to be increased in the state.
- Delhi recorded 5,100 coronavirus cases within the last 24 hours, which is its biggest single-day Covid figure this year. The sharp rise in cases comes as over a lakh tests were conducted within the capital during a day for the primary time. the govt on Tuesday imposed a ten pm to five am night curfew till April 30.
- With 59,856 patients having recovered within the last 24 hours, the entire number of recoveries went up to 1,17,92,135.
- Adar Poonawalla of Serum Institute of India (SII), which manufactures Covishield, one among the 2 Covid vaccines being administered in India, said its current production capacity to form the vaccine is “very stressed, to place it frankly”. He told NDTV that SII needed ₹ 3,000 crore – a shortfall linked to the affect the govt to sell a doses at an important discount – so as to build up capacity needed to proportion production by June.
- “It seems that folks have given ”tilanjali (abandon)” to measures and steps which will protect them from Covid, like mask wearing, avoiding gatherings and maintaining physical distance, which I even have called social vaccine and are as important because the vaccines that we now have,” Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was quoted as saying during a statement. He acknowledged that an enormous reason for the surge in Covid cases on “lax behaviour towards following Covid norms”.
BJP occupying polling booths, attacking TMC workers, says Mamata
Addressing a rally in north Bengal’s Alipurduar district, Mamata Banerjee
mentioned an event in Arambagh where TMC candidate Sujata Mondal was attacked near a booth , and said she wouldn’t be caught up by such “intimidatory tactics of the BJP”.
TMC supremo and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday accused the BJP of “forcefully occupying polling booths and attacking TMC workers” as votes were cast for the third phase of the West Bengal Assembly polls.
Addressing a rally in north Bengal’s Alipurduar district, Banerjee mentioned an event in Arambagh where TMC candidate Sujata Mondal was attacked near a booth , and said she wouldn’t be caught up by such “intimidatory tactics of the BJP”. She also threatened to require action against “Central force personnel”.
“They [BJP workers] have inflicted serious injury on our Scheduled Caste candidate, Sujata, when she visited a booth. They mention Beti Bachao and beat up my woman candidate. They also attacked another candidate in Khanakul. In Canning East, security forces prevented our nominee Shaukat Mollah from entering a booth,” Banerjee said.
The CM said she has received a minimum of 100 complaints of assault and violence since Tuesday morning.
West Bengal: 77.7% polling in violence-hit third phase
Mamata says committee turning blind eye to the excesses of CRPF, accuses BJP of occupying booths.
Despite incidents of violence, West Bengal recorded 77.68 per cent turnout by 5 pm on Tuesday during the third phase of the polling.
Voting in 16 seats of South 24 Parganas district saw 76.92 per cent turnout, while 77.93 per cent votes were cast in seven seats in Howrah and 79.36 per cent in eight Assembly segments in Hooghly district, the committee said.
Chief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee, however, alleged “blatant misuse” of central forces to “influence voters”. “The blatant misuse of Central forces continues unabated. Despite us repeatedly raising this issue, @ECISVEEP continues to be a mute spectator, while men in uniform are being misused at several places to openly intimidate TMC voters and influence many to choose favour of 1 party,” she tweeted.