As India is facing a hike in covid cases day by day, the government of many cities and states have announced a night curfew from 10 pm to 5 am till 17th of April which begins today in cities including Noida, Gaziabad, Kanpur, Varanasi and Lucknow as India reported the highest ever single-day spike of 1,26,789 Covid-19 cases.
Madhya Pradesh has already announced the weekend lockdowns and Mandatory Covid-19 tests have been asked for Assam airport.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a meeting today with chief ministers/administrators of all states/UTs to discuss ways to tackle the ongoing Covid-19 situation in the country. The meeting will be held virtually.
Two days back, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan also had a meeting for the covid situation in which after reviewing the situation he asked people to cooperate in following rules and avoid carelessness. The meeting was held with CMs of 11 states/UTs which are witnessing a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases.
Several states/UTs are putting restrictions on the movement of people from other states, especially from the hotspots states and have announced curbs to limit the spike; some have imposed night curfews and weekend lockdowns.
According to reports, some states are facing a shortage of beds in the hospitals and vaccines for the inoculation drive, which is making the Covid-19 situation even worse as India this week reported its all-time high in Covid-19 daily spike (more than 100,000 coronavirus infections, only second country to achieve the grim milestone after the US).
With the rising cases in India, the demand for the vaccine is also rising as many state governments including Maharashtra, Delhi, Punjab are requesting vaccination of all ages and to arrange more beds and ICUs in hospitals. The stress is getting deeper but people seem to avoid the seriousness of the situation. In many cities, people have not been wearing masks and following rules as they seem to have no fear from the rising cases.
The government has allowed workplace vaccination to cover more people under the ongoing third phase inoculation in the country in which people above 45 years of age are getting Covid-19 vaccines.
India on Thursday witnessed a record single-day surge of 1,26,789 new coronavirus infections, pushing its Covid-19 tally to 1,29,28,574; the number of active cases too breached the 9-lakh mark again, according to the Union Health Ministry data.