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India records 16,488 new COVID-19 cases, 113 deaths in last 24 hours

By Priyanka Verma 
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India records 16,488 new COVID-19 cases, 113 deaths in last 24 hours

The daily rise in coronavirus infections was registered above 16,000 for the third consecutive day on Saturday, pushing India’s case tally to 1,10,79,979, while the recoveries surged to 1,07,63,451, according to the latest Union Health Ministry data.215,435,383 samples tested for Covid-19 up to 26 February 2021, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

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A total of 16,488 infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,56,938 with 113 new fatalities, showed the data updated at 8 am on Saturday. The active case count has further increased to 1,59,590, which comprises 1.44 percent of the total infections, the data stated.

On Saturday morning, the Ministry of health and family welfare (MoHFW) said that there were 16,488 new Covid-19 infections across the country in the last 24 hours, taking its infection tally to the current figures. India’s Covid-19 tally is second-highest globally, after that of the United States, and ahead of Brazil’s. Its death toll is the fourth-highest, following those of the US, Brazil and Mexico respectively.

The 113 new fatalities include 48 from Maharashtra , 15 from Punjab and 14 from Kerala.

The toll from the pandemic stands at 52,041 in Maharashtra, 12,488 in Tamil Nadu, 12,320 in Karnataka, 10,906 in Delhi, 10,263 in West Bengal, 8,725 in Uttar Pradesh and 7,169 in Andhra Pradesh.

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No new Covid-19 case in Arunachal in over a week: Official: Arunachal Pradesh did not report any new Covid-19 case in over a week, while there are only three active cases in the state at present, an official said on Saturday. Infection tally at 16,836 including three active cases and 56 deaths.

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Telangana’s Covid-19 tally tops 298,000: Telangana’s Covid-19 tally reaches 298,631 with 178 new infections, while death toll rises to 1,633 with one more fatality. 295,059 recoveries and 1,939 active cases as of now.

Mizoram’s Covid-19 tally at 4,422:Three new Covid-19 cases take Mizoram’s tally to 4,422. 4,386 recoveries, 26 active cases and 10 deaths in state thus far.

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China reports 10 new Covid-19 cases: 10 new Covid-19 cases in mainland China on Feb 26 as against six a day before. Tally at 89,887 while toll unchanged at 4,635.

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Over 65,000 new Covid-19 cases in Brazil: Brazil records 65,169 new Covid-19 cases and 1,337 related deaths. Infection tally and death toll at 10,455,630 and 252,835 respectively.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,63,451, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.14 percent and the case fatality rate stands at 1.42 percent.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7; 30 lakh on August 23; 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28; 70 lakh on October 11; crossed 80 lakh on October 29; 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed one crore on December 19.

For the first time a Coronavirus -linked death has been reported in Lakshadweep. The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths were caused due to comorbidities.

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