India recorded 3,68,147 new Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours. This has taken the tally across the 2 crore mark. 3,449 patients succumbed to death and took the total death toll to 2,22,408.
48,621 cases reported from Maharashtra. However, Mumbai recorded its lowest one-day spike in over five weeks with 2,624 new cases. Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Delhi are also among states with high infection rates. Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced on Twitter that the state will implement a complete lockdown till May 15.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the final year MBBS students and BSc GNM-qualified nurses will be deployed for Covid duties. He announced that these medical personnel will be given priority in forthcoming regular government recruitments upon completing 100 days of work.
The Indian Premier League which was going on despite criticisms has finally been suspended after Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha tested positive on Tuesday. Chennai Super Kings bowling coach L Balaji along with Kolkata Knight Riders bowlers Sandeep Warrier and Varun Chakravarthy had already tested positive on Monday.
The Union Health Ministry said that over 17.08 lakh doses of vaccines were administered on Monday. India has gone through 16.89 core shots since the inoculation drive started.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi tweeted that the only way to stop the spread of coronavirus now is a full lockdown. He added there should be a minimum income guarantee scheme for the vulnerable sections. Priyanka Gandhi also called out the Central Vista revamp project of new residence of the Prime Minister which costs Rs 13,450 crore. She said that the Centre's focus should be Covid relief.
Among many international publications and celebrities, recently, X-Men fame James McAvoy made an appeal to his fans to send out donations to India as the country is struggling.