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The Prime Minister has called on the people of India to be vaccinated when the country sees the number of cases rising to new heights.
The Prime Minister of India received a second dose of COVID-19 vaccine when it hit another peak on April 8 with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.
“Vaccination is one of the few ways we have to beat viruses. If you qualify for the vaccine, get vaccinated early, ”Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. He received his first shot of the vaccine on March 1.
India started to vaccinate in January. To date, more than 90 million health workers and Indians over 45 have received at least one shot. Only 11 million of them received both doses as India tried to build immunity to protect its nearly 1.4 billion people.
The new cases reported by the Health Ministry surpassed 115,736 of the previous day with dozens of cities and towns applying night curfews to try to stop the infection.
The death toll increased by 685 in the past 24 hours, the highest since November, bringing the national death toll to 166,862.
The western state of Maharashtra, which is the hardest hit in the country, accounts for nearly 47% of new infections.
The federal government refused to impose a second national lockdown, after the first time last year had a strong economic impact, but it has asked states to decide to impose local restrictions to prevent the spread of the virus.
India now has a seven-day average of more than 80,000 cases per day and has reported 12.9 million viral infections since the pandemic began, the third highest after the United States and Brazil.
New Zealand is halting tourism from India when more tourists from that country test positive for coronavirus. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the suspension went into effect on Sunday and will remain until April 28. She said it was the first time New Zealand suspended tourism for its citizens trying she tried to return home, and she stressed this measure was only temporary. The announcement came after a security guard at a New Zealand quarantine hotel tested positive for the virus. There is no evidence that the outbreak has spread any further. New Zealand has managed to stop the spread of the virus, so whenever someone not in quarantine gives a positive result it is a significant concern.