With a chilling record of 401,993 positive cases recorded on Saturday, India became the first country to surpass 400,000 cases within 24 hours.
The latest count implies that the 1.3 billion populated Nation has had more than 19 million cases since the pandemic began – over a year ago. Based on figures gathered from the Indian Ministry of Health, more than 300,000 cases have been recorded daily for ten consecutive days.
A total of 3,523 COVID-19 related deaths has also been reported within the last 24 hours making the total tally rise up to 211,853 in India. Also, the daily death toll surpassed 3,000 for the fourth consecutive day.
After commencing its vaccine adminstration earlier in the year, recent statistics suggest that 154,854,096 vaccine doses have been administered so far, with 27,889,889 recipients of second-time doses; which is 2.1% of the country’s total population. The latest surge ensures that everyone above the age of 18 is eligible for vaccination. Though, some regions have claimed that they are yet to receive supplies.
Meanwhile, a COVID-19 ward at Gujarat hospital has reportedly suffered a fire accident killing 16 patients and two staff members in the process; while the United States are set to restrict travellers from India from Tuesday next week.
Australia has also threatened to dole out jail terms to anyone entering its country from India, including Australian citizens.