India recorded 1,68,912 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, pushing the country’s caseload to 1,35,25,389, which is now the second-highest number of infections globally after the US. The active infections stood at 11,95,967. As many as 904 recent deaths, took the total death count to 1,70,179.
Maharashtra which remained the worst-affected state reported 63,294 new cases and 349 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total confirmed caseload has risen to 34,07,245. The active infections have surged to 5,65,587. The death toll has reached 57,987.
Chhattisgarh reported 10,521 fresh COVID-19 cases on Sunday. With this, the total COVID cases in the state surged to 4,432,97 including 90,277 active cases. The death toll escalated to 4,899.
Amid the massive surge in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Chhattisgarh government has announced a lockdown in four more districts on 11 April. Lockdown will be imposed in Jashpur, Koriya, Balodabazar and Dhamtari starting April 12, the reports said. Meanwhile, similar restrictions will be in place for Raigarh, Mahasamund and Bilaspur districts from April 14. With this, 13 of 29 districts of Chhattisgarh will be under COVID-19 lockdown.
Delhi also witnessed the highest single-day spike with 10,774 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths on Sunday. The total confirmed cases have risen to 7,25,197, of which 34,341 are active cases. The overall fatalities have reached 11,283.
Kerala reported a new spike of 6986 COVID-19 cases on Sunday pushing the total confirmed cases to 11,67,190. The active infection load has risen to 44,389. The death toll stood at 4,783 after reporting 16 new fatalities.
Gujarat, on Sunday, reported 5,469 new cases of coronavirus, which took its caseload to 3,47,495.
Central teams have reported non-adherence of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in almost all of the 50 most-affected districts in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab, the union health ministry said, urging the states for strict enforcement of rules.
With over 29.33 lakh vaccine doses administered in the last 24 hours, the country has administered over 10.45 crore doses so far.