India in the last 24 hours, recorded 2,17,353 fresh Covid-19 cases and 1,185 related deaths. As such, the country’s cumulative count surged to 1,42,91,917 of which 15,69,743 are active cases. This is the second straight day that the country recorded over 2 lakh new cases.
Meanwhile, the Centre has asked states witnessing a surge in cases to follow the United Kingdom’s model when it comes to vaccination and containment. Top government sources who are part of the team monitoring the pandemic situation, told The Indian Express that states had been given the example of the United Kingdom, which had adopted aggressive vaccination and containment in the form of a lockdown together when the new, highly infectious strain of the virus led to a surge in December last year.
On the other hand, the Delhi government, on Thursday decided to impose weekend curfew to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. Essential services will be allowed to function, and special passes will be given for weddings. Restaurants will be shut for dine in, but home delivery will be allowed. Malls and spas will remain closed. Cinema halls will be allowed to function at 30 per cent capacity.
Uttarakhand, too, has been witnessing a more than 1,700 people testing positive for Covid-19 in the Kumbh Mela area between April 1 and April 15. However, despite this, the government exempted the Kumbh from it’s restriction that more than 200 people will not be allowed to gather for religious, social and political events.