India Records Highest Single-day Covid-19 Surge Since Mid November

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India added 90,797 cases of coronavirus in two days with 46,951 new infections being recorded in a span of 24 hours, the highest so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to1,16,46,081, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday Registering an increase for the 12th day in a row, the total active caseload has increased to3,34,646, which now comprises 2.87per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate has further dropped to 95.75 percent, the data stated. The daily rise in infections was the highest recorded in 130 days, while the death toll increased to 1,59,967 with 212 daily new fatalities, the highest in 72 days, the data updated at 8 am showed.

As many as47,905 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on November 12. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,11,51,468and the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.37 percent, the data stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7,30 lakhonAugust 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and50 lakh on September 16. It went past60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29,90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19. According to the ICMR,23,44,45,774 samples have been tested up to march 21with8,80,655 samples being tested on Sunday.

The 212new fatalities include 99 from Maharashtra, 44 from Punjab, 13 from Kerala, and 10 from Chhattisgarh. A total of 1,59,967deaths have been reported so far in the country including 53,399 from Maharashtra, 12,599 from Tamil Nadu, 12,434 from Karnataka, 10,956 from Delhi, 10,306 from West Bengal, 8,759 from Uttar Pradesh, and 7,189 from Andhra Pradesh.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities. “Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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