India reports more than 200,000 new Covid-19 cases for first time

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The number of new coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high with 1,84,372 infections pushing the total tally of cases to 1,38,73,825, while the active cases surpassed the 13-lakh mark, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, new curbs came into force in Maharashtra yesterday.

Daily infections cross 200,000 on Thursday, according to official data, the highest anywhere in the world.

India's daily new cases continue to rise as the country recorded 2,00,739 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Overall India has recorded more than 14 million cases, compared to 31 million in the United States.

Some also arrived in buses and three-wheeled autorickshaws.

"We are definitely over-burdened. This time the number is very high and increasing very rapidly, going (at a) very fast speed, so the situation is really alarming", said LNJP Medical Director Suresh Kumar. "We welcome this revised order as it will help save lives of critically ill non-COVID patients in addition to those with COVID-19". Even that is not enough.

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Some families of Covid-19 patients have taken to social media to share their ordeals in finding hospitals. Today we have 158 admissions in Lok Nayak alone.

While the country considers lockdown measures, its neighbour Cambodia imposed a lockdown in its capital and a satellite district on Thursday as an outbreak that started in late February saw cases spike nearly ten-fold to 4,874 within two months.

In Australia, which abandoned its inoculation target earlier this week following shipment delays and newly imposed restrictions on the use of AstraZeneca's shot, a leading doctors' association opposed a government plan to create mass inoculation hubs, citing logistical challenges. "They are just careless".

Outside a major city mortuary, weeping relatives gathered in the hot sun, waiting for the bodies of loved ones to be released.

Prashant Mehra, 40, said he had to pay a broker for preferential treatment before he could get his 90-year-old grandfather admitted to the hospital.

Mehra said the effort made little difference in the end. "We already asked for our money back". The hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment on his remarks.

"He died after six or seven hours", he said.

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