India records over 3.6L fresh COVID cases; testing rates plummet in Delhi & Mumbai | Top news

Here are the top headlines of the day: 1. The records surge in the number of COVID-19 cases continue as the country records 3.6L fresh COVID cases along with 3,200 plus fatalities in the last 24 hours. 2. Almost seven states have now reported a crunch in the vaccines ahead of the biggest vaccination drive in India, which is to begin from May 1st. Non-availability and logistical nightmare and an existing queue for the vaccination jab cast a shadow on vaccines for all move. 3. Prime Minister Modi appealed to the authorities in Haridwar to make the Kumbh's Shahi Snan a symbolic event, the Uttarkhand CM Tirath Singh Rawat continues to turn a blind eye as the Shahi Snan draws a massive crowd. 4. More and more reports of discrepancy in the data of death unravels. The death toll shared by the authorities and the ones that have been coming in from the crematoriums varies. 5. While India continues to record the highest single-day COVID cases every day, the testing rates in Delhi & Mumbai have plummeted further. It is the seventh consecutive day of lower testings in Mumbai & Delhi. 6. In Nitish Kumar's Bihar, Times Now tracks a trail of apathy. Lack of oxygen cylinders and hospital beds are lying unused. All of this sparks off a massive outrage in the state.