India has recorded over 1 lakh cases in 24 hours for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic hit the Indian shores a year ago. The Union Health Ministry on Monday announced that the country reported 1,03,558 positive Covid-19 cases. India became the second country after the US to record 1 lakh Covid-19 cases in 24 hours.
Reports suggest that India is facing its worst Covid-19 wave as the country has 7,41,830 active cases and the total number of cases has reached 1,25,89,067. India also reported 478 people succumbed to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,65,101. The Union Health Ministry has informed that 52,847 people have recovered from Covid-19, taking the recovery toll to 1,16,82,136.
Meanwhile, Kerala has seen a rise in the Test Positivity Rate (TPR) as it reached 6.20% on Sunday. The state recorded 2,802 new Covid-19 cases out of 45,171 samples tested. The state has also recorded 2,173 recoveries and 10 deaths. With the state going to polls on Tuesday, huge crowds took to the streets as election campaigning ended in the state on Sunday evening. Reports suggest that the state could witness a second Covid-19. Kerala has 27,893 active cases and 11,35,133 active Covid-19 cases.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit states in the country. On Sunday, Maharashtra reported 57,074 new Covid-19 cases, 27,508 recoveries and 222 deaths. Considering the rapid spreading of Covid-19 in the state, the Uddhav Thackeray government lockdown-like restriction in Maharashtra. From 8 pm today, all shops except essential services would be closed. During daily hours, restaurants are allowed to provide home delivery and takeaway services.
The Maharashtra government has also informed that film shootings can take place but without crowds. The night curfew will be imposed from 8 pm to 7 am and during the day more than five people cannot assemble in one place on weekdays. On weekends, the state has decided to impose a complete lockdown. Meanwhile, the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) will not be affected by the lockdown and daily restrictions in Maharashtra. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has informed that the IPL matches will continue as per schedule in the state despite a spike in Covid-19 cases.