Covid-19 Impact : Monuments And Museums Under Central Government To Be Closed Till May 15 Due To Covid Spike

India's daily coronavirus caseload has doubled in 10 days, with a record 2 lakh new infections logged Thursday as authorities grapple with shortages of vaccines, treatments and hospital beds.

Covid-19 Impact : Monuments And Museums Under Central Government To Be Closed Till May 15 Due To Covid Spike
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Monuments and museums under the central government's control will be closed till May 15 because of the surge in coronavirus cases, officials said on Thursday.

India's daily coronavirus caseload has doubled in 10 days, with a record 2 lakh new infections logged Thursday as authorities grapple with shortages of vaccines, treatments and hospital beds.

Having let its guard down with mass religious festivals, political rallies and crowds at cricket matches, India is experiencing a vicious second wave, recording almost 20 lakh fresh infections this month alone.

This week, it overtook Brazil to become the country with the second-highest number of cases worldwide, after the United States.

In the past day it also recorded over 1,000 deaths, health ministry data showed, taking its total to 1.75 lakh although on a per-capita basis India is far behind many other countries.

After a nationwide lockdown a year ago caused widespread misery and one of the sharpest downturns of any major economy, the government is desperate to avoid repeating the hugely unpopular shutdown.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced a weekend curfew in the national capital amid a massive surge in Covid-19 cases from 10 pm on Friday to 6 am on Monday morning. Spas, malls, gyms and theatres will remain closed till further orders in Delhi. There is no decision to close any market. During his announcement, Kejriwal said, “Essential services will be allowed…we will give passes even to people who are scheduled to get married. There will be special markets with special arrangements….no dine in at restaurants.”

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government announced a night curfew in districts with over 2,000 Covid-19 cases. The new curfew timings, 8pm -7am, will be implemented in places such as Lucknow, Prayagraj, Varanasi, Kanpur city, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad, Meerut and Gorakhpur, among others.

India, meanwhile, recorded its biggest-ever single-day spike on Thursday for the second day in a row with 2,00,739 new Covid-19 cases in 24 hours and 1,038 deaths. There were 93,528 discharges said the Union Health Ministry. The total number of cases in India now stands at 1,40,74,564, total recoveries are at 1,24,29,564, active cases at 14,71,877 and death toll at 1,73,123. On Wednesday India saw 184,372 fresh cases with its total covid tally shooting up to 13,873,825 cases.