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1,52,879 fresh Covid-19 cases in India, highest-ever one-day spike

1,52,879 fresh Covid-19 cases in India, highest-ever one-day spike

New Delhi: India reports 1,52,879 new COVID-19 cases, 90,584 discharges, and 839 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry data on Sunday. The country's Covid tally reached over 1.33 crore cases, pushing the total death count to 1.69 lakh.

This is the fifth consecutive day that India has recorded more than 1 lakh cases in a day.

The rapid surge in new cases has caused worry among the public and many states are considering imposing night curfew and other restrictions to fight the pandemic.

The Delhi government on Saturday announced new restrictions amid an alarming rise in new coronavirus cases, banning most public gatherings and setting limits for attendance at restaurants, theatres, on public transport and functions like weddings and funerals.

The new rules which will stay in place till April 30, along with the earlier announced 10-pm-to-5-am night curfew, include a ban on all types of social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious gatherings in Delhi.

Uttar Pradesh has imposed restrictions on gatherings of five or more people at religious people in view of Navratri and Ramzan festivals.

In Maharashtra, which accounts for 51.23 per cent of the total active cases, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray has hinted at the possibility of a lockdown. A weekend lockdown has already been imposed from 8 pm on Friday to 7 am on Monday in the city to contain the pandemic.

Five states - Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala -- cumulatively account for 72.23 per cent of the total active cases in the country.

Worldwide, over 13 crore cases have been recorded so far and 29.15 lakh people have died.

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