Covid-19 | India reports year’s biggest spike

Covid-19 | India reports year’s biggest spike

India’s Covid-19 deaths rose by 140 to 158,446, compared to an average of about 100 since early February.

India reported its biggest daily spike in Covid-19 cases of the year on Saturday, with 24,882 infections.

The new cases mark the highest 24-hour figure since Dec 19, according to health data, boosting the caseload of 11.33 million, now third after the US and Brazil, according to recent data.

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India’s Covid-19 deaths rose by 140 to 158,446, compared to an average of about 100 since early February.

India’s caseload had been falling steadily since peaking in late September, but increased social gatherings and travel has caused a spike since early February, even as the country has started to vaccinate its vast population.

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The Union Health Ministry said that more than 20 lakh vaccine doses against the coronavirus were administered across the country on Friday, the highest single-day count so far.

As many as 16,39,663 beneficiaries – healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated for the first dose and 4,13,874 such people received the second shot, news agency PTI reported.

Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Saturday issued a statement saying that passengers violating the Covid-19 protocol or not wearing mask properly inside an aircraft will be de-boarded.

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