India reaches highest surge in COVID-19 cases; reports 1.31 lakh cases in last 24 hours

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 9.40 Crore on 8th April, 2021.

On Friday, April 9, Ministry of Health and Family welfare published the stats of Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours and the data is really shocking as the country reported 1,31,968 new COVID-19 cases, 61,899 discharges, and 780 deaths in the last 24 hours.

India recorded over 1.31 lakh COVID-19 cases on Thursday, with Maharashtra reporting 56,286 cases, Chhattisgarh 10,662 cases, Uttar Pradesh 8,490, Delhi 7,437 cases and Karnataka 6,570 cases in 24 hours. Some states including Maharashtra, Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh cited a shortage of vaccine stocks amid the surge in Covid-19 cases.


On Thursday, April 8, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual interaction with chief ministers of States and UTs to discuss the pandemic situation and the ongoing vaccination drive. Besides this, several states have also announced night curfew to contain the coronavirus spread.

India tested a total of 25,40,41,584 samples till 8th April 2021. While on 8th April 2021 itself, India tested 13,64,205 samples, as per the data released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi.

The cumulative number of COVID19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 9.40 Crore on 8th April, 2021. A total of 9,40,96,689 vaccine doses have been given, as per the provisional report till 8 pm today.

These include 89,74,122 Healthcare Workers (HCWs) who have taken the 1st dose and 54,48,206 HCWs who have taken the 2nd dose, 98,09,525 Frontline Workers (FLWs) (1st dose), 45,41,636 FLWs (2nd dose), 2,59,55,762 for over 45 years old to 59 years old (1st Dose), 5,20,339 for over 45 years old to 59 years old (2nd dose), 3,74,95,435 for above 60 years (Dose) and 13,51,664 for above 60 years (2nd Dose).

Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh are among the states who have already announced weekend lockdowns. Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka have already imposed night curfews in major cities. Several other states/UTs have announced more stringent Covid-19 restrictions in order to contain the spread of the second wave of COVID-19.