Indian health authorities continue to fight a large number of new Covid-19 cases.
Authorities reported an additional 366,161 cases of Covid-19 on Monday. This is the first time since May 6 that the daily number has fallen below 400,000, according to the Ministry of Health. However, the number of cases from Monday reported on Sunday is often lower than on weekdays because fewer people are tested.
So far, 22,662,575 Covid-19 cases have been identified in India. At least 246,116 people have died.
More than 3,000 Covid-19-related deaths have been reported daily in India since April 28. Another 3,754 were reported on Monday, authorities said.
To date, 170,153,432 doses of vaccine have been administered in India. According to a Health Department press release on Sunday, at least 35,759,005 people have received their second dose, meaning 2.75% of India’s 1.3 billion people are fully vaccinated.
Fans and oxygen support: 902,291 Covid-19 patients in India are receiving oxygen and an additional 170,841 ventilators, Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday.
He added that 488,861 patients from the active case number were in the intensive care unit.
Curfew in Jammu and Kashmir: India’s northernmost territory of the Union, Jammu and Kashmir, has imposed a curfew until May 17 because of the rising number of coronavirus cases in all districts.
The government imposed a ceiling of 25 people on weddings from Sunday.
Jammu and Kashmir reported a total of 4,788 new cases and 60 deaths related to Covid-19 on Saturday evening, according to the daily government bulletin.
Lock in Gujarat, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh: The Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat have expanded their statewide bans due to the massive increase in Covid-19 cases across India.
Uttar Pradesh has a population of around 200 million and is India’s most populous state. The government said in a statement Thursday that the lockdown will last until May 15.
“Only medical work, vaccinations and commercial activities that provide essential services are allowed,” the statement said.
Gujarat has extended its lockdown of 36 different cities through May 12th. Until then, only services that the government deems essential may be operated.
Uttarakhand will be banned for a week on Tuesday. The state’s vaccination campaign continues as planned, and individuals must “provide proof of vaccination registration” in order to travel.
This is the first time during India’s Second Wave that Uttarakhand has imposed nationwide restrictions. Previously, curbs were set up in districts with high numbers of cases.
Covid-19 infections in Uttarakhand have increased since April’s Kumbh Mela, a festival where Hindu pilgrims across the country gather on the banks of the Ganges to say their prayers.