India recorded a new high of more than 261,000 daily coronavirus cases on Sunday, according to official figures.
Statistics by the Health Ministry revealed that 261,500 cases were registered in the past 24 hours, which pushed the total to 14.7 million.
There were 1,500 deaths, taking the number of fatalities to 177,150.
The national capital of New Delhi recorded around 24,000 new cases, while western Maharashtra state registered more than 67,000 new cases in the past 24 hours.
BREAKING: India has reported over 260,000 new daily coronavirus cases and almost 1,500 deaths, the highest since the pandemic began.— The Spectator Index (@spectatorindex) April 17, 2021
Since Thursday, the country has been registering more than 200,000 infections daily. Earlier this month, it saw 100,000 for the first time since the pandemic began last year.
With the country’s witnessing an unprecedented second wave, several cities have imposed a weekend lockdown to prevent further spread.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting on Saturday to review the status of preparedness to handle the pandemic, according to a statement.
BREAKING: India reports 216,669 new coronavirus cases, by far the biggest one-day increase so far, and a record 1,173 new deaths— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) April 15, 2021
“Various aspects relating to medicines, oxygen, ventilators and vaccination were discussed,” it said.
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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