Health workers examining a Covid-19 positive patient in an ambulance at a hospital in Kolkata, India on April 18. Debarchan Chatterjee / NurPhoto / Getty Images
India reported 259,170 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, the sixth day in a row with more than 200,000 new infections. This emerges from a CNN balance sheet by the Indian Ministry of Health.
The country also reported 1,761 new deaths, the highest in nearly 10 months. India has reported nearly 1.5 million new cases in the past seven days alone.
On Monday evening, the New Delhi government imposed a curfew until April 26 to combat increasing cases and pressure on the city’s health system.
“Our health system has reached its limits. It is in a state of need now. It hasn’t collapsed yet, but it’s in need. Every health system has its limits. No system can accept unlimited patients, ”said Delhi Prime Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a press conference on Monday.
India has recorded a total of 15,321,089 Covid-19 cases and 180,530 deaths, according to the Indian Ministry of Health.
India now has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, ahead of Brazil, which has reported over 13.9 million cases, and behind the US, which has over 31.7 million cases according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated where the US ranks in global coronavirus cases.