New cases hit a new record as most South Asian countries face a second and more dangerous increase in the number of cases.
Data from the Ministry of Health shows that the number of new coronavirus infections in India has hit a record 184,372 in the last 24 hours, as most South Asian countries face second and daily cases. the more severe the increase.
The total number of cases nationwide was 13.9 million, with Wednesday data showing an increase in the number of deaths by 1,027, bringing the number of deaths to 172,085.
There has been a significant increase in daily COVID-19 cases in India over the past few weeks, with the country adding almost a million more cases in the past week.
India recorded more than 100,000 cases earlier this month for the first time since the pandemic started last year. In September, the country hit an all-time high of 98,000 cases, but then cases started to decline until the end of January when they started to rise again.
With the situation continuing to worsen, many states have enacted restrictions to curb the spread of the disease.
Maharashtra – home to India’s financial capital Mumbai – is the country’s most heavily affected state due to the coronavirus, accounting for about a quarter of cases in India.
On Tuesday, State Premier Uddhav Thackeray ordered the closure of most public facilities and places in the state for 15 days except those deemed essential, including grocery stores, hospitals, and banks. and stock exchange.
“All factories / industries” prohibit certain export-oriented entities and those that manufacture items required for essential services “must stop their operations,” a statement said. the government said.
The restrictions would shake businesses in Maharashtra but also risk a broader impact on the Indian economy. The state accounts for nearly 15% of India’s gross domestic product, playing a key role in the country’s economic recovery after months of recession.