Modi gets second vaccine dose as India hits record

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi received his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as the country hit another peak yesterday with 126,789 new cases reported in the past 24 hours.

“Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon,” Modi tweeted. He received his first vaccine shot on March 1.

India started its vaccination drive in January. So far, more than 90 million health workers and Indians older than 45 have received at least one shot. Only 11 million of them have received both doses as India tries to build immunity to protect its nearly 1.4 billion people.

The new cases reported by the Health Ministry overtook Wednesday’s 115,736 infections with dozens of cities and towns imposing night curfews to try to contain infections.

Fatalities rose by 685 in the past 24 hours, the highest since November, raising the nation’s toll to 166,862 dead since the pandemic began.

The western state of Maharashtra, the worst hit in the country, accounted for nearly 47 per cent of new infections.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi. PHOTO: AP