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With a single-day spike of 259,170 new cases and 1,761 fatalities, on Tuesday morning, the Union ministry of health and family welfare stated that the Covid-19 tally of India has crossed the 15.3 million mark. For the continuous 6 days, the daily caseload of the country has crossed the 2 lakh mark.

Due to the second wave of the pandemic and the huge spike in Covid-19 cases, India has strengthened its vaccination drive further and from 1st May all above the age of 18 years can be vaccinated. Regarding the third phase of the vaccination program, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a meeting, “The government has been working hard for over a year to ensure that the maximum number of Indians are able to get the vaccine in the shortest possible time. India is vaccinating people at world record pace and we will continue this with even greater momentum”.

Currently, daily cases are increasing at a massive pace, and to handle and tackle the situation, many state governments have imposed strict restrictions such as the closure of educational institutions, night curfews, and weekend curfews, etc.

In the meantime, the Delhi government has imposed a 6-day long lockdown from 19th April 10 pm to 26th April 5 am as in the last two weeks, Covid-19 cases have surged by around 600% which caused medical supplies shortage. The national capital was unable to fulfill the need for oxygen cylinders and ICU beds for Covid patients.

Last week in a review meeting, the PM emphasized the importance of testing, tracking, and treatment. All total at least 26,94,14,035 samples tested across India as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

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