A health worker collects a swab for Covid-19 testing on April 3 at the Anand Vihar Bus Terminal in New Delhi, India. Sanchit Khanna / Hindustan Times / Getty Images
India recorded 103,558 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, the highest single-day increase in infections in a day in the pandemic.
The number of new daily cases in India has increased steadily since March 10, and the country reported 741,830 active cases as of Monday – the most since October 20.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting on Sunday to review the situation in Covid-19.
“(He) drew attention to the need to avoid mortality at all costs by developing the health infrastructure, the availability of oxygen and ventilators, the necessary logistics and ensuring that the protocols for clinical management in all hospitals as well as for home care were developed be respected.” A. Statement from the Prime Minister’s Office said.
Modi also directed a team of public health professionals to be sent to Maharashtra state, which has caused 57% of the country’s coronavirus cases in the past two weeks.
As of Monday, India has recorded 12,589,067 cases of coronavirus, the third highest in the world, including 165,101 deaths and 11,682,136 recoveries. According to the Indian Ministry of Health, 79,105,163 doses of vaccine have been distributed.