Thursday Apr 08, 2021
As the country struggles to contain a second surge in coronavirus infections, India reported a record-high 126,789 new COVID-19 cases, health ministry data showed on Thursday.
Deaths rose by 685, taking the tally to 166,862, the data showed.
India’s overall caseload reached 12.9 million, the third most affected globally, behind the United States and Brazil.
India, the world's second-most populous country with 1.35 billion people, has administered 80.9 million vaccine doses, the most after the United States and China, but it lags far behind in immunisations per capita.
Healthcare and similar frontline workers, as well as people over 60, have been the main recipients of vaccinations so far. Inoculations of people above 45 began only on April 1.