India sees over 4,000 deaths in a day for the first time
Published: 11:51 AM, 8 May 2021
India is the third country after the US and Brazil to report more than 4,000 deaths in a day. Photo: Collected
The covid-19 wave in India has crossed another grim milestone with the country reporting more than 4,000 deaths from the virus in a single day. The South Asian Nation also saw over 4 lakh daily cases for the fourth time in a week.
A day after reporting the world's highest daily surge, India recorded 401,078 cases today, taking its caseload to nearly 21.9 million. On Saturday, the country's total tally of Covid-19 deaths stood at 2,38,270 with 4,187 deaths recorded in a day, as per Union health ministry data updated on 8:00 am.
India is the third country after the US and Brazil to report more than 4,000 deaths in a day. The highest single-day toll in any country is 4,490 deaths reported in the US on January 12.
Meanwhile, the government on Friday said a third Covid wave may not happen if strong measures are taken. This was just days after the centre said the third wave is inevitable.
Many states in the last few days have announced lockdowns and curfews to break the chain of transmission. Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Manipur are the latest to be added to the list. A two-week lockdown has been announced in Karnataka from Monday till May 24. Tamil Nadu has also announced a two-week curfew. In Manipur, curfew will be enforced till May 17.
India had been recording less than 20,000 cases in a day till early March after a dip in daily infections in January. However, nearly 66 lakh cases were reported in April with the healthcare system buckling under the second wave.
The country began the world's largest vaccination program in January but the pace is said to have slowed down after many states red-flagged vaccine shortage. Yesterday, nearly 23 lakh doses were administered; 16.7 crore doses have been administered so far. - Times of India, NDTV, The Hindu