India records over 2.17 lakh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, highest ever single-day spike

India records over 2 lakh new COVID-19 cases on Friday (April 16, 2021). The new cases took India's total coronavirus count to 1.42 crore, as per the Union Health Ministry’s notification.

India records over 2.17 lakh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, highest ever single-day spike
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New Delhi: India records over 2 lakh new COVID-19 cases on Friday (April 16, 2021). The new cases took India's total coronavirus count to 1.42 crore, as per the Union Health Ministry’s notification.

India reported 2,17,353 new COVID-19 cases alongside 1,18,302 recoveries and 1,185 deaths in the last 24 hours. The unprecedented surge in infections has taken the country's active count to 15,69,743.

As the country is fighting the rising COVID-19 cases in the second wave of the pandemic, over ten states in India have recorded the highest single-day spike on Thursday (April 15). 

The daily COVID-19 cases in the country have doubled in the last 10 days. 

Nearly 10 days ago, when the country merely crossed the 1 lakh daily cases mark, the authorities promptly re-imposed several COVID-19 restrictions.

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In the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic, India has witnessed ten out of twelve days when the nation breached its own daily COVID-19 infection mark. 

On Monday, when the country reported over 7000 less cases than a day before, many had their sigh of relief, thinking that this drop might be it. 

As many were wondering, if we have already crossed the peak, the nation surprised them the following day, by recording highest single-day spike with 184,372 fresh COVID-19 infections on Wednesday. Foillowed by Thursday, when the coutry breached the 2 lakh mark of new COVID-19 cases. 

Additionally, in view of rising COVID-19 cases in the national capital, the Arvind Kejriwal-led AAP government on Thursday announced a weekend curfew in order to prevent the deadly infection from spreading further.

This weekend curfew in Delhi will come into force from 10 PM Friday night till 6 AM on Monday.

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