India logs 3.62 lakh COVID-19 infections, 4,120 deaths

New Delhi : India has logged 3,62,727 COVID-19 positive cases and 4,120 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative total to 2,37,02,832 and 2,58,317, respectively, data revealed by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reported on Thursday.

The number of daily infections crossed daily recoveries in the country with 3,62,727 fresh cases being reported in the last 24 hours. The daily recovered cases stand at 3,52,181, according to the Ministry.

Meanwhile, the active cases have risen to 37,10,525.

Maharashtra’s infection count remained under 50,000 for the fourth consecutive day, while Kerala and Tamil Nadu recorded new highs of over 43,000 and 30,000 cases, respectively.

With 18,94,991 people being vaccinated against the virus over 24 hours, the total number of vaccines having being administered has reached 17,72,14,256.

Leaders of 12 Opposition parties, including four chief ministers, have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking the Centre to procure vaccines centrally from global and domestic sources and begin a free, universal mass vaccination campaign across the country.

In US, 57 Congressmen have written to President Joe Biden, urging him to bolster America’s Covid-19 assistance to India. “The sharp increase in cases has overwhelmed India’s healthcare system. We must do our part to quell the virus everywhere it persists,” the lawmakers said in a letter to Biden on Wednesday. “We are extremely concerned with regards to India’s deadly Covid-19 second wave. India is now the epicenter of the Covid-19 pandemic. Today marked India’s deadliest day, with 4,205 deaths reported, carrying the total number of confirmed deaths to more than 250,000,” said the letter initiated by Congressman Brad Sherman, the Democratic Chair of the Congressional India Caucus.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, has deferred hearing the suo motu matter on the Covid situation in the country after Justice DY Chandrachud tested positive for the deadly virus.

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