Covid-19: India reports 1.84 lakh cases in highest daily rise, Centre says no lockdown in ‘big way’
India on Wednesday reported 1,84,372 new Covid-19 infections – the highest single-day rise in cases since the pandemic broke out in January 2020. The overall case count rose to 1,38,73,825. With 1,027 more deaths in 24 hours, the toll went up to 1,72,085. Active Covid-19 cases stood at 13,65,704, while 1,23,36,036 people have recovered from the disease.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday asserted that the Centre will not announce lockdowns in a big way. “Even with the second wave, we [the Union government] are very clear that we are not going in for lockdowns in a big way,” she said. “We don’t want to totally arrest the economy.”
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 13.72 crore people and killed 29,56,845 since the pandemic broke out in December 2019, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 7.81 crore people have recovered from the infection.