India reported a record number of new coronavirus cases and a death toll of more than 400 people in the past 24 hours as foreign embassies warned their citizens in the country that hospitals might not have beds for them.
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 4,40,215 today with 14,933 fresh cases reported in 24 hours. The death toll went up to 14,011 as covid claimed 312 lives in 24 hours. According to figures released today morning, there were 1,78,014 active cases in the country while 2,48,189 have recovered so far. About 11,000 patients recovered in past 24 hours.
Delhi emerged as the second worst-hit state by Covid-19 caseload in addition to death count though Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the situation in the national capital was getting stabilised gradually while Goa reported its first fatality from the disease.
More than nine million people have now been infected with the coronavirus worldwide, according to an AFP tally drawing on official sources, as of Monday 1520 GMT. More than half of the 9,000,091 cases are in Europe and the United States: Europe having recorded 2,537,451 and the United States 2,281,903.
The Odisha government launched a massive test drive for 1,500 people who will pull chariots on Tuesday. This came as the Supreme Court allowed the Puri Rath Yatra to go ahead but with many restrictions.
It put the onus on the Jagannath temple management and the Odisha government to prevent overcrowding. Meanwhile, the Gujarat High Court decided to continue its stay on Rath Yatra processions across the state.
As coronavirus cases continue to rise across the globe, the head of the World Health Organisation has warned world leaders not to politicise the coronavirus pandemic but unite to fight it. With the global coronavirus cases crossing 9 million, the WHO chief reminding leaders that the pandemic is still accelerating and producing record daily increases in infections.