INDIA: New Delhi record 234,692 new case of corona virus

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India, the world’s most populous country, record about 234,692 Covid-19 infections case in the 24 hours to Saturday morning, health ministry data showed, which was the eighth record daily increase in the last nine days.

New Delhi went into a weekend lockdown on Saturday as India faces a ferocious new corona virus wave, with daily cases hitting another record increase of 234,692 nationwide and families clamouring for drugs and hospital beds.

The health ministry said the latest number is the eighth record high in the last nine days.

India’s deaths from COVID-19 rose by 1,341 to reach a total of 175,649, the data showed. Hopes that South Asian countries might have beaten the pandemic have been dashed with India seeing more than two million new cases this month alone and Bangladesh and Pakistan imposing shutdowns.

Uttar Pradesh state, home to some 240 million people, on Friday announced that all villages and cities would be under lockdown for one day on Sunday.

After a national lockdown a year ago led to hundreds of deaths and one of the worst slumps of any major economy, the Indian government is desperate to avoid a second stoppage.

Many states are, however, clamping down, including hotspot Maharashtra, industry-heavy Gujarat and IT hub Bangalore’s home state Karnataka, although restrictions are less onerous than last year.

In the capital, New Delhi, which has overtaken Mumbai as the worst-hit Indian city, restaurants, malls, gyms and spas were closed for the weekend.

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