India’s total coronavirus infections now stand at 21.49 million, while its total fatalities have reached 234,083. The South Asian nation has added 1.57 million cases and nearly 500 deaths this week alone.
Registering a steady increase, the active cases have increased to 36,45,164 comprising 16.96 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 81.95 per cent.
West Bengal recorded the highest Covid death at 117, as the fatalities rose to 11,964. The caseload also mounted to 9,35,066 after the state registered a record one-day spike of 18,431 fresh infections. The state has seen a recent surge of infections with the active case reaching 1,22,774.
Several Rajdhanis, Shatabdis, and Vande Bharat Express trains from Delhi have been cancelled till further notice due to “increase in Covid cases and poor occupancy”, the Railway authorities said on Thursday. Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka announced that all arrivals from India will be banned with immediate effect due to the record rise in COVID-19 cases in the neighbouring country. Several countries like the UK, the UAE, Australia and Singapore have already banned travellers from India as well as other South Asian countries.
The Supreme Court Thursday directed the Centre to prepare for the third wave of Covid-19 pandemic by creating a buffer stock of medical oxygen to subside panic among the people.