India reports nearly 250,000 new cases of Covid-19
India reported more than 247,000 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, a sharp increase from the previous day, as cases in the country rise.
Thursday’s 247,417 cases are 27% higher than the 194,720 cases recorded on Wednesday, the country’s health ministry reported.
The last time the country recorded similar numbers was on May 22, 2021 – during the throes of India’s second crippling wave that saw millions infected and hospitals pushed to the brink of collapse .
As India braces for a third wave, major cities including the capital Delhi and financial hub Mumbai continue to report high daily cases.
The state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, recorded 46,723 new cases on Wednesday. Delhi reported 27,561 new cases on Wednesday – its highest level since India’s outbreak began in late December. It also reported 40 deaths.
More vaccines: India has stepped up its immunization program over the past week, making the booster shots available to a limited group of people, including frontline workers and people over 60 with pre-existing health problems. Vaccinations have also started for children aged 15 to 18.
India administered more than 7 million vaccines on Wednesday, bringing the total number of doses to 1.54 billion, according to the health ministry.
The country has recorded 36.3 million cases of Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, with 485,035 related deaths.