India has stepped up its coronavirus vaccination drive amid a deadly second wave of infections.
At the peak of its first wave, India recorded 99,181 cases on September 10 but was soon taken over by the U.S., which recorded 308,941 cases on its worst day on January 8.
In the last 24 hours, India reported 93,249 Covid-19 cases.
In the documents presented by the Union Health Ministry in the Cabinet Secretary's meeting with all the states and union territories, it was stated that these two states are among the five states and union territories which have reported more than their old peak number of daily cases.
With this, India has become the third country after the United States and Brazil to register a six-figure addition in COVID-19 cases in a single day.
India now has a seven-day rolling average of more than 73,000 cases per day and infections in the country are being reported faster than anywhere else in the world.
The western state of Maharashtra reported more than half of them and has stepped up countermeasures.
The state will start shutting cinemas, restaurants, shopping malls and places of worship from Monday evening.
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Authorities will also impose a complete lockdown at weekends, as experts worry about a shortage of critical-care beds in hospitals, especially in its smaller cities.
Scientists say new variants and lax social distancing could be to blame. Some say the government has been sending mixed messages.
The Prime Minister directed to continue with the mission-mode approach in the states and districts reporting high cases so that the collective gains of COVID-19 management in the country in the last 15 months are not squandered.
Meanwhile, the northern state of Uttarakhand is marking the month-long Hindu pilgrimage of the Kumbh Mela, which draws hundreds of thousands of people to the banks of the Ganges River.
Hopes at the start of the year that the outbreak may be subsiding in the vast nation of 1.3 billion people have been dashed in recent weeks with a fresh wave that has pushed the national total to 12.5 million infections and 165,000 deaths.
The country on Sunday breached the 100,000 daily caseload mark for the first time since the pandemic began. The second phase started on March 1 where doses were administered to people above the age of 60 and those between 45 and 59 years with specific comorbidities.
Reuters reports that cases in the country have been surging for the past month as India becomes the third country with the highest number of infections, only following the USA and Brazil.