UP became the second state after Maharashtra to record over 20,000 new cases in a day.
The ferocity of the surge in cases - which have increased by a factor of 10 in roughly a month - is overwhelming hospitals.
NEW DELHI, April 15 ― India reported a record 200,739 Covid-19 cases over the last 24 hours, according to data issued by the health ministry today. Thus, Delhi has eclipsed Mumbai in the daily infection tally by a huge margin. The US had on October 30 a year ago registered over one lakh cases for the first time and took 21 days to cross the 2 lakh-mark on November 20. "It is an absolute rampage in the city, young and old, vaccinated or not vaccinated, the virus is just hitting everyone".
As per the latest bulletin, 16,699 fresh cases and 112 new fatalities were recorded in the city, pushing the death toll to 11,652.
Also, the number of total tests conducted on Wednesday was 82,569, relatively less than the over 1.08 lakh tests done on Tuesday.
India has recorded more than 200,000 coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since the pandemic began.
The death toll in the country has also climbed up to 1,72,085 with 1,027 daily new fatalities on Wednesday, the highest since October 18, 2020. Mumbai in April till Wednesday has recorded 1,30,228 cases and 464 deaths.
A massive second wave of infections is centred on the rich state of Maharashtra, which makes up a quarter of the tally, and is spreading wider as doctors and experts blame everything from official complacency to aggressive variants.
Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Tripura, Meghalaya, Sikkim, Nagaland, Mizoram, Manipur, Lakshadweep, and Arunachal Pradesh have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Hospitals and doctors in Maharashtra as well other regions including Gujarat and Delhi in the north reported chaotic scenes as healthcare facilities were overwhelmed with a surge in admissions of Covid-19 patients. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced sweeping restrictions, including a weekend curfew and the closure of malls, gyms, spas and auditoriums, in a bid to break the chain of Covid infections in the city.
Covid cases are rising exponentially with a highly infectious strain stalking the Indian capital New Delhi.