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PM Modi cancels visit to poll-bound West Bengal to chair Covid-19 meeting

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Apr 2021, 06:01 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: After Indian politicians are slammed by netizens for conducting rallies amid Covid-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called off his visit to poll-bound West Bengal to chair a meeting over the pandemic.

Modi, who was scheduled to hold a number of rallies in West Bengal, tweeted, "Tomorrow, will be chairing high-level meetings to review the prevailing COVID-19 situation. Due to that, I would not be going to West Bengal."

India reported the world's highest-ever single-day surge with 3,14,835 new cases, pushing the total infections to 1,59,30,965, Union Health Ministry data reported on Thursday.

According to the United States Centers for Disease Control (USCDC), the new cases are the highest single-day rise reported anywhere in the world. The highest yet for the USA was +3,13,310 on January 8, 2021.

In yet another record, 2,104 deaths were reported in the past 24 hrs, taking the overall death toll to 1,84,657.