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India logs fresh high of over 200,000 new COVID-19 cases for 2nd consecutive day

Xinhua | Updated: 2021-04-16 15:12
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A patient lies in a bed as she is being shifted to a hospital for treatment, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Ahmedabad, India, April 15, 2021. [Photo/Agencies]

NEW DELHI - India reported yet another fresh high of 217,353 new COVID-19 cases, as the daily spike surpassed 200,000 for the second consecutive day, taking the total tally to 14,291,917, according to the data released by the federal health ministry Friday.

Meanwhile, 1,185 people died from COVID-19 since Thursday morning, bringing the death toll to 174,308.

There are still a total of 1,569,743 active cases in the country, with an increase of 97,866 in the past 24 hours.

The COVID-19 figures continue to peak in the country in the past few days, as the federal government has ruled out imposing a complete lockdown to contain the worsening situation.

While some school examinations were cancelled, others have been postponed in the wake of the grave situation.

The Election Commission of India is scheduled to hold a key meeting on Friday to assess the ongoing Assembly elections in the eastern state of West Bengal where four phases of voting are pending.

As a precautionary measure, the national capital Delhi was placed under a weekend curfew beginning Friday night till Monday morning.

The number of daily active cases in India has been on the rise over the past few weeks before once coming down to below 10,000 in January.

The country kicked off the nationwide vaccination drive on Jan. 16, and so far 117,223,509 people have been vaccinated.

Meanwhile, 263,476,625 tests have been conducted till Thursday, out of which 1,473,210 tests were conducted on Thursday alone, according to the latest data issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research on Friday.

The national capital Delhi, one of the most COVID-19 affected places in the country, witnessed over 16,699 new cases and 112 deaths in the past 24 hours. As many as 11,652 people have died in the national capital due to COVID-19, confirmed Delhi's health department.

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