Sign up for our daily briefing

Make your busy days simpler with Axios AM/PM. Catch up on what's new and why it matters in just 5 minutes.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Catch up on the day's biggest business stories

Subscribe to Axios Closer for insights into the day’s business news and trends and why they matter

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Stay on top of the latest market trends

Subscribe to Axios Markets for the latest market trends and economic insights. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sports news worthy of your time

Binge on the stats and stories that drive the sports world with Axios Sports. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Tech news worthy of your time

Get our smart take on technology from the Valley and D.C. with Axios Login. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Get the inside stories

Get an insider's guide to the new White House with Axios Sneak Peek. Sign up for free.

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Axios on your phone

Get breaking news and scoops on the go with the Axios app.

Download for free.

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Catch up on coronavirus stories and special reports, curated by Mike Allen everyday

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Denver news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Denver

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Des Moines news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Des Moines

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Twin Cities news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Twin Cities

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Tampa Bay news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Tampa Bay

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Want a daily digest of the top Charlotte news?

Get a daily digest of the most important stories affecting your hometown with Axios Charlotte

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Sign up for Axios NW Arkansas

Stay up-to-date on the most important and interesting stories affecting NW Arkansas, authored by local reporters

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

Please enter a valid email.

Please enter a valid email.

Subscription failed
Thank you for subscribing!

People filing the oxygen cylinders for housed patients at Shaheen Bagh in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday. Photo: Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

India's health ministry confirmed 314,835 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total tally to nearly 16 million infections.

Why it matters: It's the highest number of coronavirus cases reported in a single day anywhere in the world, eclipsing the previous record of 307,581 cases set in the U.S. on Jan. 8, AP notes.

  • The health ministry said another 2,104 people lost their lives to the virus, taking the pandemic death toll to 184,657 in the world's second-most populous country.

Driving the news: West Bengal reported Thursday that a record 9,819 people had tested positive for the virus, as voters went to the polls in state elections, the Indian Express reports.

  • On Monday night-time, India's capital, New Delhi, entered a weeklong lockdown, as hospitals became overwhelmed, supplies like oxygen scarce and morgues overfull.
  • In the city of Nashik, in the state of Maharashtra, 24 coronavirus patients died at a hospital Wednesday after "oxygen supply was disrupted" following "leakage in the main oxygen storage tank," per the Indian Express.
  • The government of Maharashtra announced fresh pandemic restrictions from 8p.m. Thursday local time through May 1, while authorities on the island of Goa announced a night curfew that will remain in place until April 30.

For the record: More COVID-19 cases have been recorded globally each day this week than ever before in the pandemic, surpassing the previous global peak in early January.

Of note: Earlier this month, India became the second country after the U.S. to surpass 100,000 new coronavirus cases in one day. Case numbers have continued to surge since then.

  • The country had until this month been exporting most of the coronavirus vaccine doses it was producing for the global COVAX initiative and to countries like Saudi Arabia and the U.K.
  • But as cases began soaring in India, officials began scrambling to vaccinate as many people as possible — sharply curtailing exports, Lawler notes.

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

Go deeper

Updated 12 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

  1. Vaccines: Benefits of J&J COVID-19 vaccine outweigh risks, per CDC data — Vaccine boosters are increasingly likely.
  2. Health: Some states trim COVID reporting as Delta cases surge — Fauci: New masking guidelines for vaccinated Americans under "active consideration".
  3. Politics: White House boosts funding for COVID testing in vulnerable communities — Prominent Republicans find new enthusiasm for COVID-19 vaccines.
  4. Sports: Golfer Bryson DeChambeau will miss Olympics after testing positive for COVID— NFL raises vaccine pressure
  5. World: Israel to require vaccine certificates to attend social events.
  6. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.
John Frank, author of Denver
Apr 21, 2021 - Axios Denver

Colorado offers COVID-19 vaccines without an appointment

Ambika Nansell receives a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at a mass COVID-19 vaccination event in Denver. Photo: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images

Colorado is now making COVID-19 vaccines available without an appointment, part of the state's race to immunize people amid the increasing spread of the virus' variants.

Driving the news: Three vaccine sites are now accepting walk-in patients and others are taking same-day appointments.

The walk-in locations are:

  • Ball Arena in Denver, 9am to 7pm, Monday through Friday.
  • The Ranch in Loveland, 10am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.
  • Colorado State Fairgrounds in Pueblo, 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Why it matters: The new phase in the state's vaccine campaign is possible because there's more supply than immediate demand, Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said Tuesday.

The situation mirrors national trends showing that the U.S. will probably run out of adults who are enthusiastic about getting vaccinated within the next two to four weeks, Axios Vitals writer Caitlin Owens writes.

  • Half of adults in Colorado have received at least one shot, and about one-third are fully vaccinated.
  • Another 10% don't want the vaccine, the governor said, though polls the state paid for show it's likely a much larger share of the population.

By the numbers: Hospitalization and case numbers are at their highest level since late January, officials said.

  • Colorado reported 819 people contracted COVID-19 after being immunized but stressed it's a small portion — only 1 in every 7,000 people who were vaccinated, an analysis showed.

Between the lines: The Polis administration is now focusing its energy on convincing the hesitant to get vaccinated now that it's easier.

  • "This is time to stop procrastinating and show up. … Now we do have enough for everybody," the governor said.

Yes, but: The state shut down two more community vaccination sites, one in Brighton and one in Westminster, after discovering problems related to how the provider Advanced Urgent Care stored the doses, according to the Denver Gazette.

  • State officials are stepping up protocols after missing problems at Dr. Moma Health and Wellness, a clinic in Colorado Springs that offered the vaccine.

Responding to questions, Polis sought to downplay the problems, saying he has "a high degree in confidence in our partners."

Updated 52 mins ago - Sports

Olympics dashboard

📺: The Olympic events to watch today; Olympics opening ceremony ratings plunge

🏊: Athlete spotlight — Katie Ledecky adds to Games career medals haul; Caeleb Dressel leads Team USA to gold.

🏀: U.S. Men's basketball suffers first Olympic loss since 2004

🤖: The robot Olympics

🚨: Heat wave brings scorching temperatures to Tokyo Olympics

🎤: Meet the new faces of NBC's Olympics coverage

Go deeper: Full Axios coverage