India records 126,789 new COVID cases...

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India records 126,789 new COVID cases

 International Desk

 Published: 12:29 PM, 8 April 2021  

Photo: Collected

Photo: Collected

India has reported 126,789 fresh COVID-19 cases, setting another grim one-day record as the country struggles to contain a second surge in infections, the health ministry data showed on Thursday. 

Besides, 685 more fatalities from the pandemic have been registered, the highest since November, taking the tally to 166,862. 

The health ministry data showed India’s overall caseload reached 12.9 million, making it the third worst-hit country after the United States and Brazil. 

The new cases reported by the health ministry overtook Wednesday’s 115,736 infections, with dozens of cities and towns imposing night curfews to try to contain infections.

The western state of Maharashtra, the worst hit in the country, accounted for nearly 47 percent of new infections. 

The federal government has refused to impose a second nationwide lockdown after the first last year had a steep economic impact, but it has asked states to decide on imposing local restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.