India logs 126,789 more coronavirus infections, while PM Modi gets second dose of vaccineWorld | 8 Apr 2021 1:44 pm
India’s prime minister received his second dose of the coronavirus vaccine as the country hit another peak Thursday with 126,789 new infections reported in the past 24 hours, AP reports.
“Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted. He received his first vaccine shot on March 1.
India started its vaccination drive in January. So far, more than 90 million health workers and Indians older than 45 have received at least one shot. Only 11 million of them have received both doses as India tries to build immunity to protect its nearly 1.4 billion people.
The new infections reported by the Health Ministry overtook Wednesday’s 115,736 infections with dozens of cities and towns imposing night curfews to try to contain infections.
Fatalities increased by 685 in the past 24 hours, the highest since November, raising the nation’s toll to 166,862 dead since the pandemic began.
The western state of Maharashtra, the worst hit in the country, accounted for nearly 47 percent of new infections.
The federal government has refused to impose a second nationwide lockdown, after the first last year had a steep economic impact, but it has asked states to decide on imposing local restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.