A health worker takes a swab sample from a woman for a Covid-19 test at Sector 30 District Hospital on April 12 in Noida, India. Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times / Getty Images
India reported 184,372 new cases of coronavirus on Wednesday, the highest single-day number since the pandemic began, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.
This is one of the highest individual numbers worldwide this week. To put this in perspective, the United States reported more than 77,000 cases Tuesday and Brazil reported more than 82,000 – both well below India’s numbers, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
The ministry also reported 1,027 additional deaths, the first time India has reported more than 1,000 new daily deaths since October.
The new numbers bring the country’s total to 13,873,825 cases and 172,085 deaths.
Massive pilgrimage: Cases are increasing in the city of Haridwar, Uttarakhand state, where the month-long Kumbh Mela religious festival is held. Millions of Hindus from all over the country have traveled to Haridwar to bathe in the Ganges and participate in prayers together.
Monday was the festival’s first “auspicious” day, and up to 2.4 million people plunged into the Ganges, police officers told CNN. The second day of bathing began on Wednesday and the last is on April 27th.
According to the state health department, Haridwar has seen more than 1,000 new cases in the past two days alone. In this regard, the city reported just 70 new cases on March 31, the day before the festival began.
New restrictions: On Wednesday evening, severe restrictions will come into effect in the badly affected state of Maharashtra and will last until May 1st.
Public gatherings are limited to four people. People are encouraged to work from home and adhere to a voluntary curfew. Only essential travel and services are permitted throughout the state. Shopping malls, shopping malls, filming and beaches will be closed, while hotels and restaurants will only be allowed to offer delivery and takeaway services.