India recorded another daily record with more than 234,000 coronavirus cases

India recorded another daily record with more than 234,000 coronavirus cases

It is the third day in a row that the country surpassed 200,000 positives a day, as hundreds of thousands of people walk and bathe together in the Ganges River for the Hindu pilgrimage of the Kumbh Mela.

The Indian Ministry of Health registered a daily record of coronavirus cases this Saturday, adding 234,692 in the last day, with which there are already 14,526,609 confirmed positives since the pandemic broke out.

It is the third day in a row that the country surpassed 200,000 positives a day, as hundreds of thousands of people walk and bathe together in the Ganges River for the Hindu pilgrimage of the Kumbh Mela.

Faced with this situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged this Saturday that the week-long religious celebration “be only symbolic at this time”, given an unprecedented increase in Covid-19 cases.

The country faces a critical situation, especially in ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar, Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, which account for 79 percent of all cases, the Hindustan Times reported.

Maharashtra, where the city of Bombay is located, is the one with the most serious balance, having added 63,729 infections in the last day alone.

The Ministry of Health of that state reported that it intends to immunize up to 700,000 people a day, according to the Sputnik news agency.

Maharashtra wants to vaccinate 600,000 to 700,000 people a day. If we succeed, it will be an important step to stop the spread of covid-19 in the state, “said the Health Minister of this region, Rajesh Tope to the television channel NDTV.

Tope advanced that in the coming days a state delegation will travel to New Delhi to request more vaccines from the central government.

India, which accumulates more than 175,000 deaths from the pandemic, has already reached nearly 120 million vaccinations against the coronavirus at the national level.

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