New Delhi: New coronavirus cases in the country stayed above 1,00,000-mark for the second consecutive day on Thursday. The latest data shows, India reported 1,26,789 new COVID cases in the last 24 hours. The numbers jumped again for April 7, from 1,15,736 new COVID cases on April 6. An increase of more than 11,000 cases, as the country, witnesses the second wave of infection.
The uptick in new cases pushed the total number of COVID infections to 1,29,28,574 on Wednesday, the data from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed. As per government data, more than 600 deaths were reported. As many as 685 people succumbed to COVID-19 related complications. This death toll of thee country rose to 1,66,862 patients on Wednesday.
The tally for people who have been discharged has also stayed below 60,000 cases. The country recorded 59,258 discharges in the last 24 hours, data showed.
Driven by the new cases, the active cases in the country reached 9,10,319 cases till Wednesday. Meanwhile, the death toll also increased to 1,66,862 lives lost to date.
Among states, Maharashtra continues to lead with a maximum load of new cases. The state until Wednesday reported a jump from 55,469 cases to 59,907 cases on Wednesday which pushed its total case tally to 31,73,261 cases. The number of active cases in Maharashtra also jumped by 29,289 cases and now stands at 5,02,982 cases till April 7. After Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh follows with 10,310 new cases and Karnataka reported 6,150 new cases in the last 24 hours, as per health ministry data.
The Centre in its latest review says that the spike in numbers is attributed to the public laxity in following COVID safety norms and many states like Maharashtra, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Gujarat have introduced fresh curbs to break the transmission chain in their states.
Fivefold strategy to help curb COVID-19 cases
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday (April 4) issued several directives in the high-level meeting with the top bureaucrats amid rising COVID cases across the country. In the meeting, he mentioned that the five-fold strategy of Testing, Tracing, Treatment, Covid-appropriate behaviour, and Vaccination needed to be implemented seriously to curb the pandemic.