New Delhi: India saw an addition of 40,953 new COVID-19 cases to its list yesterday, the biggest since November 29. This phenomenon sent a wave of worry across the Country, prompting States to close down schools, ban any public gatherings and strengthen all the virus-fighting measures. India has currently reached the landmark of 1.15crore cases ever since the outbreak broke out last year. In this span of 24 hours, 188 deaths have been linked to the virus.
On Friday alone, Delhi reported 716 cases, its highest since December 27th. Punjab has requested to close down all schools for bringing the epidemic under control. Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur will have the cities shut down from 10 pm to 6 am and schools and colleges shut down till 31st March. India has been witnessing a surge in the cases, amidst a countrywide vaccination drive where around 4 crore people have been vaccinated. The Covidshield and the Covaxin have been approved for emergency use in the Country and there have been talks of launching six new vaccines.
Dr Harsh Vardhan said at the Lok Sabha on Friday that there should not be any misconceptions about both the Indian vaccines being administered in the country and people should get vaccinated as early as possible. Meanwhile, after a study, it has been found out that the novel coronavirus had been circulating undetected for two months in China before the first human case came up in December 2019.