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India witnessed its highest daily spike of 115k COVID-19 cases, putting the country in a “very critical” situation

India, one of the worst countries to be hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, recorded the highest number of 115,736 new corona virus cases on Wednesday. The Indian government described the situation as “very, very critical”.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India is now 12.8 million and the death toll is 166,177.

Maharashtra is the worst affected state in India since the beginning of the pandemic, with over 3.11 million COVID-19 cases and 56,330 deaths so far. The state has reported 55,000 COVID-19 cases yesterday.

The other most affected Indian states in terms of total cases are Kerala (1,137,590), Karnataka (1,020,434), Andhra Pradesh (909,002), and Tamil Nadu (903,479).

Meanwhile, Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope warned of a vaccine shortage on Wednesday. He said that vaccine stocks are only available for three days in Maharashtra. “We do not have enough vaccine doses at multiple centres. Health workers are now turning away many people. We cannot afford to slow down the pace of vaccination,” Mr. Tope said.

Chhattisgarh, Telangana, Odisha and Haryana have also reminded the federal health ministry about the vaccine shortage. But union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan promised that the central government would “not allow any state to face vaccine scarcity”.

In response to the vaccine shortage, virologist Shahid Jameel said, “We can go slow on vaccination in the areas where there is less caseload and open the drive to more in places where infection is heavy if vaccine availability is an issue.”

Health officials has said that the situation in the country has worsened and the pandemic’s impact has increased. They also warned that the situation should not be taken lightly. They have also warned that the death tolls recorded in Punjab and Chhattisgarh are a cause of “extreme concern.”

Crowds gathered at election rallies and festival celebrations in India are believed to have triggered the ‘second wave of COVID-19’.

In response to the increase in COVID-19 cases, several Indian states have introduced a number of restrictions in order to minimize the virus’s spread.

The Maharashtra government has imposed a set of restrictions, such as night curfews and weekend lockdowns. A night curfew is currently in effect across the state from 8 pm to 7 am. On weekends, a complete lockdown has been imposed (8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday). Night curfew has been imposed in the Indian states of Chandigarh, Karnataka, Punjab and Delhi.

According to the latest report, there have been 133,002,033 cases of COVID-19 registered worldwide. While 107,248,070 people have recovered from the deadly virus, 2,885,153 have died so far. The US remains the worst-hit country with 31,559,438 cases, followed by Brazil (13.1M), India (12.8M), France (4.84M) and Russia (4.55M).

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