India reported a record daily increase of 234,692 COVID-19 infections over the last 24 hours, health ministry data showed on Saturday.
It was the eighth record daily increase in the last nine days.
Total cases reached nearly 14.5 million, second only to the United States which has reported more than 32 million infections.
India’s deaths from COVID-19 rose by 1,341 to reach a total of 175,649, the data showed.
With reports of huge number of Covid positive cases from ‘Kumbh Mela’ area in Haridwar, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appealed to observe the “symbolic” event to strengthen the fight against the deadly virus.
The Prime Minister’s appeal comes as the annual event has sparked nationwide concern amid an alarming second wave of the pandemic as tens of thousands of devotees have gathered along the banks of the Ganga in Utarakhand’s Haridwar.
Taking to Twiter, the Prime Minister said that he spoke to top seer Hindu Dharma Acharya Sabha president Swami Avdheshanand Giri Ji Maharaj over the phone and made an appeal about the event.
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