Updated Apr 5, 2021 - World

India surpasses 100,000 new COVID cases in 1 day for first time

A health worker collecting a swab sample from a person for coronavirus (Covid-19) testing at India Gate, on April 4, 2021 in New Delhi, India.
A health worker collecting a swab sample in New Delhi, India, on Sunday. Photo: Amal KS/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India's Ministry of Health confirmed 103,558 new COVID-19 infections on Monday.

Why it matters: It's the first time the country has reported over 100,000 new coronavirus cases in one day. India is the second country after the U.S. to reach that milestone.

The big picture: The Indian government has paused some COVID-19 vaccine exports as the country grapples with a second wave of cases.

  • Officials in the state of Maharashtra, home to India's financial capital, Mumbai, announced Sunday new restrictions "including night curfews and weekend lockdowns," after reporting 57,074 new infections — the most since the pandemic began, per the Indian Express.

By the numbers: There are 741,830 active cases in India as of Monday, according to the Health Ministry.

  • 12.59 million coronavirus infections have been recorded in the country of over 1.3 billion since the pandemic began.
  • The ministry also reported on Monday 478 more deaths from the virus, taking the toll to 165,101.

Go deeper: India's second wave hits the whole world through vaccine export curbs

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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