A woman wearing a protective mask walks past a graffiti amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on a street in Navi Mumbai, India. File/ Reuters
India reported 24,492 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, the sixth straight day of more than 20,000 infections, as curbs to try to stop the spread of COVID-19 were expanded in parts of the country that have recorded a surge.
Total cases have now risen to 11.41 million, the highest in the world after the United States and Brazil. Deaths increased by 131 to 158,856 in the past 24 hours, data from the health ministry showed.
The government has blamed crowding and a general reluctance to wear masks for the spike, ruling out mutations of the virus as a factor, unlike in the West.
India’s worst affected state, Maharashtra, on Monday ordered cinemas, hotels and restaurants to limit guests to half of capacity until the end of the month. Weddings and other social events will also have limited attendance.
Maharashtra has also locked down some districts.
Another western state, Gujarat, has also decided to not allow fans into the world’s biggest cricket stadium hosting international matches between India and England, after seeing a spurt in cases.
The initial matches were attended by tens of thousands of people sitting or standing shoulder to shoulder, with few wearing masks, leading to widespread criticism on social media.
India has vaccinated nearly 26 million people since beginning its inoculation campaign in mid-January. The country aims to vaccinate 300 million of its 1.35 billion people by August.
India has 11.8 million COVID-19 cases, the third-highest amount behind the United States and Brazil.
This week, new daily infections were the lowest in eight months, while deaths fell below 100 — the smallest single-day total since May.
"The situation is horrible. We are a 900-bed hospital, but there are about 60 patients waiting and we don't have space for them," said Avinash Gawande, an official at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Nagpur.
The incident took place at an intersection of Muara Rapak, Balikpapan, about 6.15 am.
The Abu Dhabi Family, Civil and Administrative Cases Court obligated a man to pay Dhs30,000 to another man in compensation for the financial and moral harms he sustained after the former hit him with his car, causing him bruises in the right leg, right shoulder and right hand, and insulted him.
The Dubai Criminal Court sentenced a Latin American woman to 10 years in jail to be followed by deportation and fined her Dhs50,000 on charges of importing 55 kilogrammes of cocaine inside her suitcase. The defendant alleged that the suitcase belonged to another person in her home country and she knew nothing about what it contained.
In a written reply during the question hour in the Senate, the ministry said as many as 6,24000 people got jobs in Saudi Arabia, while 2,92000 people left for the UAE for employment during the first three years of the incumbent government.