COVID-19: India’s devastating second wave finally going down
The devastating wave of coronavirus in India seems to be going down finally as Delhi has reportedly begun considering easing restrictions systematically.
India recorded 2,11,298 new covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu remains one of the top contributors with 33,764 testing positive for the virus and Kerala registering 28,798 cases.
The country, however, 3,847 deaths but active cases declined to 24.19 lakh, registering a reduction of over 75,000 in the last 24 hours.
Several reports have surged about the crippling shortage of vaccines in various states. The Health Ministry reported, on Friday, that more than 1.84 crore doses of the coronavirus vaccine are available with states and they will receive about 11 lakh doses in the next 72 hours.
CM Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal has pressed for procurement of Pfizer’s vaccine to inoculate children. This urge comes after the US major told Indian authorities that its vaccine was suitable for everyone aged above 12 years and can be stored at 2-8 degrees for a month.
On the other hand, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that the United States and India are united in a bid to tackle the covid-19 pandemic together and Washington is all help for India with its coronavirus crisis. India, the world’s second-most-populous country, recorded its highest covid-19 death toll this month ever since the pandemic began last year.
Meanwhile, coronavirus infections in the South Asian region went past 30 million on Friday. The tally is led by India which is straightening a spike in its second covid-19 wave. Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, and Sri Lanka account for 10% of deaths and 18% of global cases.
Malaysia’s daily coronavirus cases are surging rapidly and have surpassed India’s daily covid infections per million people.