India records over 260,000 daily COVID-19 cases, tally at 14,788,109

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample from a passenger for the COVID-19 test at a railway station in Prayagraj, India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh, April 17, 2021. (Photo: Xinhua)
  • Xinhua
  • April 18, 2021 6:59 AM

NEW DELHI-- A total of 261,500 new COVID-19 cases were reported in India in the past 24 hours, taking the total tally to 14,788,109, said the data released by the health ministry on Sunday.

This is the first time when the single-day spike crossed the 260,000-mark in India.

Besides, 1,501 deaths were reported, bringing the death toll to 177,150.

There are still 1,801,316 active cases in the country, with an increase of 121,576 through Saturday, while 12,809,643 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals across the country.

The daily figures continue to peak in the country every day, and the government has imposed new measures to contain the spread. Some school exams were canceled, and others have been postponed in the wake of the deteriorating situation.

India kicked off a nationwide vaccination drive in January, and so far over 122 million people have been vaccinated across the country.

Meanwhile, the government has ramped up testing facilities, as over 266 million tests have been conducted.

A total of 266,538,416 tests have been conducted till Saturday, out of which 1,566,394 tests were conducted on Saturday alone, said the latest data issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research on Sunday.

The national capital Delhi, one of the most affected places in the country, witnessed 24,375 new cases and 167 deaths through Saturday.

So far 11,960 people have died in the city, confirmed Delhi's health department.

As a precautionary measure, Delhi has been witnessing a weekend curfew from Friday night to Monday morning.  

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