Coronavirus cases have hit a new daily high in India with the country recording 115,736 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest since the pandemic began. After Maharashtra and Delhi, night curfew has been imposed in 20 cities of Gujarat.
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As per the latest data of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country has crossed the threshold of 115,000 daily COVID-19 cases by reporting 115,736 new cases in the last 24 hours. Just a couple of days back, India had crossed the threshold of 100,000 daily cases. Coronavirus cases are rising rapidly as the country is facing a second COVID-19 wave.
Gujarat has become the latest state to announce night curfew in its 20 cities to curb the rising coronavirus cases. Yesterday, the Gujarat High Court had asked the state government to to impose a curfew which “may help”. The high court had asked to impose a three to four day curfew in Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot. It had also directed the government to stop any political meetings, rallies and large gatherings across the state.
Last night, the state government decided to impose night curfew in 20 cities between 8 pm and 6 am (next morning) till April 30. The night curfew comes into force from today.
The cities where night curfew is being imposed are Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Junagadh, Gandhinagar, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, Anand, Nadiad, Mehsana, Morbi, Patan, Godhra, Dahod, Bhuj, Gandhidham, Bharuch, Surendranagar, and Amreli.
Meanwhile, the state government has also directed grand events to be postponed until April 30. Government offices are to remain closed on Saturday till this month end.
Night curfew is already in place in Delhi, Chandigarh and Maharashtra. The Maharashtra government has also announced weekend lockdown across the state.
As per the latest data of the health ministry, of the 10 top districts with active corona cases, seven are from Maharashtra. The district reporting the highest COVID19 active cases in the country is Pune with 81,378 active cases, follows by Mumbai at 73,281, as of April 6.
In Maharashtra, the worst affected state due to COVID-19, the average daily cases have jumped from 3,051 a day in February 10-16 to 44,624 now. Average daily deaths have jumped from 32 to 250 in the same time period.
Central Government has constituted 50 high level multi-disciplinary public health teams and deployed them to districts reporting surge in cases and mortality in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab. These include 30 districts of Maharashtra, 11 districts of Chhattisgarh and 9 districts of Punjab.
Till yesterday morning, a total of 83,110,926 vaccine doses have been administered across India. Maharashtra has administered the maximum COVID-19 vaccine doses so far.