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India sees 2.34 lakh cases in new daily record; caseload surges over 1.45 crore

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NEW DELHI: India on Saturday registered the biggest daily spike of over 2.34 lakh Covid-19 cases as several states continue to struggle with a shortage of hospital beds. The fresh number of daily Covid-19 spike of over 2 lakh infections for the third consecutive day has pushed the caseload to over 1.45 crore, according to the Union health ministry.

The top five states that have registered the maximum cases in the past 24 hours are Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, and Karnataka. Here's your 10-point cheatsheet on the coronavirus situation in India.

In the past 24 hours, India registered 2,34,692 new Covid-19 cases; 1,23,354 discharges and 1,341 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry. While the Covid-19 caseload in India has climbed to 1,45,26,609, the death toll has reached 1,75,649.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Saturday that 26,49,72,022 samples have so far been tested for Covid-19 up to April 16, 2021. Of these 14,95,397 samples were tested on Friday.

The top five contributors are Maharashtra with 63,729 cases, followed by Uttar Pradesh with 27,360 cases, Delhi with 19,486 cases, Chhattisgarh with 14,912 cases and Karnataka with 14,859 cases.

59.79 per cent of the new cases have been reported from these five states, with Maharashtra alone responsible for 27.15 per cent of the new Covid-19 cases.

A total of 1,341 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours. The maximum number of casualties were reported in Maharashtra (398), followed by Delhi with 141 daily deaths.

PM Narendra Modi said on Saturday the ongoing Kumbh in Haridwar should now have symbolic participation due to the Covid-19 crisis. PM Modi tweeted that he spoke to Swami Avdheshanand Giri of Juna Akhara over telephone and enquired about the health of saints, many of whom have contracted the infection.

Meanwhile, life in the national capital has come to a halt as the city grappling with soaring Covid-19 cases observed weekend curfew. The weekend curfew aimed at breaking chain of spiralling coronavirus infections was clamped at 10 pm on Friday and will continue till 5 am on Monday.

A report published in the journal The Lancet has dismissed the scientific presumption that SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19, is not an airborne pathogen. The authors of the report have listed 10 reasons for their claim that "SARS-CoV-2 is transmitted primarily by the airborne route".

Amid a surge in Covid-19 cases, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a lockdown across the state on Sunday. To enforce wearing of masks, the state government has doubled the fine to Rs 1000 for those caught without masks for the first time and 10 times the fine amount for those caught again.

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