India reported more than 247,000 cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, a sharp increase from the day before as the number of cases rose sharply in the country.
Thursday’s 247,417 cases are 27% higher than the 194,720 cases recorded Wednesday, the health ministry reported.
The last time the country recorded comparable numbers was on May 22, 2021 – during the grip of India’s crippling second wave, which saw millions of infected and hospitals on the brink of collapse.
As India braces for a third wave, major cities, including the capital Delhi and the financial hub Mumbai, continue to report high cases daily.
On Wednesday, the state of Maharashtra, of which Mumbai is the capital, registered 46,723 new cases. Delhi reported 27,561 new cases on Wednesday — the highest since India’s wave began in late December. It also reported 40 deaths.
More vaccines: India has stepped up its vaccination program in the past week, making booster vaccines available to a limited group of people, including frontline workers and those over 60 with pre-existing health conditions. Vaccinations have also been started for children aged 15-18 years.
India administered more than 7 million vaccine shots on Wednesday, raising the total number of doses to 1.54 billion, the health ministry said.
The country has registered 36.3 million Covid-19 cases since the start of the pandemic, with 485,035 related deaths.