COVID cases rise in India as deaths peak in months

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Coronavirus cases in India are on the rise, with daily deaths from the disease reaching their highest point in more than five months.

The country’s health ministry reported 145,384 new cases and 794 new deaths on Saturday, according to Reuters. The outbreak has spilled demand into hospitals and crematoriums in many parts of the country.

The new pressures have forced a number of Indian states to reintroduce restrictions on coronaviruses. Major metropolises like Mumbai and New Delhi have reinstated the nighttime curfew for the rest of April. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, however, refused another full lockdown due to its distressing economic costs.

Modi addressed thousands of attendees at a tumultuous West Bengal campaign rally on Saturday as his own government attributed the resurgence to overcrowding and reluctance to wear masks.

A health worker inoculates a man with a dose of the Covishield coronavirus vaccine, AstraZeneca-Oxford Covid-19 at a vaccination center during a weekend lockdown imposed by the state government in the middle of the increase in cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on April 10, 2021.
A health worker inoculates a man with a dose of the AstraZeneca-Oxford COVID-19 vaccine in Mumbai on April 10, 2021.
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“Mass rallies for elections and religious events have accelerated Covid, for which we are all responsible to some extent,” Sonia Gandhi, president of the Indian National Congress, said in a statement to the press service.

Although India has already administered over 97 million doses of vaccine, it still has a long way to go before it reaches nearly the majority of its 1.3 billion people.

States across the country have reported vaccine shortages, which this week played a role in India’s decision to halt overseas shipments of vaccine to developing countries.

A health worker takes a swab sample from a worker for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at a construction site in Chennai on April 10, 2021.
A health worker takes a swab sample from a worker for a COVID-19 RT-PCR test at a construction site in Chennai on April 10, 2021.
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