India’s daily Covid-19 cases hit yet another new high as vaccine shortages reported

India sounds alarm as Covid-19 reproduction rate rising in eight states. (Photo courtesy: The Hindu)

(, Apr08’21) – As India’s daily Covid-19 infections hit yet another all-time high of above 126,000, vaccine shortages are being reported from several parts of the country, including especially in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra.

The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 126,789 new Covid-19 cases and 685 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Apr 8 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 12,928,574 cases and 166,862 deaths respectively.

A total of 11,851,393, or 91.67%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 910,319, or 7.04% of the total. Both the percentage figures were in keeping with continuous, rapidly worsening trends. However, the case fatality had further fallen to 1.29%.

The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on Feb 12 comprising 1.25% of the total infections.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 126,789, was substantially higher than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 59,258, leading to a big jump in the number of active cases by 66,846.

Eighteen states have reported more than 1,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (59,907), Chattisgarh (10,310), Karnataka (6,974), Uttar Pradesh (6,002), Delhi (5,506), Madhya Pradesh (4,043), Tamil Nadu (3,986), Gujarat (3,575), Kerala (3,502), Punjab (2,963), Rajasthan (2,801), West Bengal (2,390), Haryana (2,366), Andhra Pradesh (2,331), Telangana (2,405), Bihar (1,572), Jharkhand (1,312), and Uttarakhand (1,109).

Seven more states/Union Territories have reported more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Jammu and Kashmir (812), Odisha (791), Himachal Pradesh (653), Goa (527), Chandigarh (399), Assam (195), and Puducherry (173).

Twenty states/Union Territories have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (322), Punjab (62), Chattisgarh (53), Uttar Pradesh (40), Karnataka (35), Gujarat (22), Delhi (20), Tamil Nadu (17), Kerala (16), Madhya Pradesh (13), Rajasthan (12), Haryana (11), Andhra Pradesh (11), Himachal Pradesh (9), West Bengal (8), Telangana (7), Jharkhnd (7), Jammu and Kashmir (6), Uttarakhand (5), and Bihar (3). The rest of the states/Union Territories have reported 2 or less deaths.

India is currently the country with the world’s third highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.


The cumulative total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has remained unchanged for the second day at 1,732, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration on its website Apr 8. Of them, 1,576 had recovered, 109 were active and 47 had died.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 133,195,909 and the deaths 2,889,746, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 2:50 PM on Apr 8, 2021.


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