India reports more than 126,000 new cases of Covid-19 in another record

A health worker takes a nasal swab sample from a man to test for Covid-19 at a public hospital in Hyderabad, India on April 6. Noah Seelam / AFP / Getty Images

India reported 126,789 new cases of the coronavirus on Thursday, the largest single-day increase in infections since the start of the pandemic, according to a CNN tally of figures from the Indian Ministry of Health.

This is the second day in a row that the country has reported a record high level of new cases.

India is in the midst of a second wave of the pandemic after the previous spike in cases in September last year.

Maharashtra state continues to report the highest deaths and cases in the country, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday, and several other states have also seen an “increase” in cases, officials said on Tuesday. health.

Vaccine shortages: Health officials in the states of Maharashtra, Odisha and Punjab have said they face a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines.

Officials in Odisha state wrote a letter to the central government on Wednesday expressing concern over the shortage: “Due to the shortage of vaccines, we have had to close nearly 700 vaccination centers in the state,” adding that the state would exhaust its currently available stock by April 9.

Maharashtra’s health minister said on Wednesday that the state was also facing a shortage. In response, Indian Health Minister Vardhan said in a statement: “This is nothing more than an attempt to distract from the Maharashtra government’s repeated failures to control the spread of the pandemic . “

Punjab state health officials told CNN on Thursday that it also faces a vaccine shortage.

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