India, in the past 24 hours, added 1,52,879 new Covid-19 infections, setting another grim one-day high as the country’s total rose to over 1.33 crore. 839 deaths in the last 24 hours brought the toll to 1.69 lakh.
It comes on a day when the country launched a “Tika Utsav” or 4-day vaccine festival to inoculate the maximum number of eligible people against the coronavirus. It comes in the wake of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to senior ministers from all states and Union territories during a meeting on the coronavirus situation on Saturday.
Registering a steady increase for the 32nd consecutive day, active cases rose to 11 08 087, or 8.29% of total infections, while the cure rate fell further to 90.44%, the ministry said. .
The 839 new deaths include 309 from Maharashtra, 123 from Chhattisgarh, 58 from Punjab, 49 from Gujarat, 46 from Uttar Pradesh, 39 from Delhi, 36 from Karnataka, 24 from Madhya Pradesh, 23 from Tamil Nadu, 18 from Rajasthan, 17 each from Kerala and Jharkhand, 12 each from Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal and 11 from Haryana.
‘Tika Utsav’ kicks off across the country
In inaugurating the mass vaccination campaign on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that this was the second major war against Covid-19. “We are going to start ‘Tika Utsav’ today (Sunday). I urge my compatriots to respect 4 things: helping those who need help getting vaccinated, helping people with Covid treatment, wearing masks and motivating others, and if someone is positive, create a zone of micro-a containment in the region, ”added Modi.
आज से हम सभी, देशभर में टीका उत्सव की शुरुआत कर रहे हैं। कोरोना के खिलाफ लड़ाई के इस चरण में देशवासियों से मेरे चार आग्रह हैं… https://t.co/8zXZ0bqYgl
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 11, 2021
Several states such as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar have stepped up efforts to double vaccinations and called on people to get vaccinated during the four-day program.
Adityanath visited Shakti Bhawan to inspect the vaccination campaign. “Eligible people should join the ‘Tika Utsav’. People over 45 can register at their nearby vaccination centers to participate in the campaign. We are organizing vaccination campaigns in 6,000 centers, ”he added.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa called the vaccine “the greatest weapon” in the fight against the coronavirus by urging eligible people in the southern state to get vaccinated.