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India’s Covid Cases Almost Double in a Week to Three Month High

  • Hospitalizations low, 69% of population have had two shots
  • Daily infections may cross 12,000 in 2 weeks: Cambridge report
A health worker takes a swab sample from a passenger at a bus station in Ahmedabad on June 8.
A health worker takes a swab sample from a passenger at a bus station in Ahmedabad on June 8.Photographer: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

India’s daily Covid-19 infection rate almost doubled in a week, prompting a revitalization of the country’s lethargic booster shot campaign, as well as some state governments and air authorities to bring back mandatory mask wearing. 

The country added 7,240 cases on Thursday, according to health ministry data, the biggest single-day surge in more than three months after the densely-populated country eased movement restrictions and reopened schools and offices. So far hospitalizations remain low and 69% of India’s 1.4 billion people have been administered at least two Covid shots, though so far only 3% have had a booster dose, according to Bloomberg’s Vaccine Tracker.