India added 24,882 fresh COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours – the highest daily rise in the last 83 days – taking its tally to 1.13 crore cases, the Health Ministry data this morning showed. The number of fresh infections is nearly seven per cent higher than Friday, when the country registered 23,285 cases. Overall, India has now recorded 1,13,33,728 cases since the outbreak a year ago, according to the government data updated today.
In the 24-hour period, India reported 140 deaths linked to the virus taking the total number of fatalities to 1,58,446.
The country’s active caseload has reached 2,02,022, which constitutes 1.74 per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate dropped to 96.82 per cent.
The number of infections reported today is the highest daily rise since December 20 when as many as 26,624 new infections were recorded.
After witnessing a reduced number of cases in the last few months, the infections have once again spiked in several parts of the country. In a bid to combat the infection spread, authorities have implemented restrictions and pushed the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country with full force. The health ministry said 2,82,18,457 vaccine doses have been administered so far, with 20,53,537 doses given in the last 24 hours.
In the last five days, the surge in India’s Covid-19 cases is being reported from six states, including Maharashtra where authorities have announced a weeklong lockdown in the densely-populated Nagpur city next week and placed restrictions in other regions. Five states account for 82.96% of the total active cases in the country, and two severely affected states—Maharashtra and Kerala—account for 71.69% of India’s total active cases, according to the health ministry’s data on Friday.
According to the health ministry, eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases. These include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana.
The situation in Maharashtra, which has consistently been reporting the highest cases in the country over the past year, has been under scrutiny for a while with several districts imposing partial lockdowns or night curfews.
The western state reported 15,817 fresh cases on Friday, its highest single-day tally this year. As on Friday, active cases in Maharashtra stood at 1,10,485 – an increment of over 4,000 since Thursday.
India is witnessing the worrying spike in the rate of Covid-19 infection amid an intensive and accelerating inoculation drive through which more than 2.80 crore (2,80,05,817 ) vaccine doses have been administered to the beneficiaries so far.
These include 72 lakh (72,84,406 healthcare workers (HCWs) who have been administered the first dose and 41 lakh (41,76,446) HCWs who have been given the 2nd dose. Seventy two lakh (72,15,815) frontline workers (FLWs) have received the first jab and nine lakh (9,28,751) FLWs who have taken the 2nd dose, the government said.
Besides, 12 lakh (12,30,704) beneficiaries aged more than 45 years with specific co-morbidities (1st Dose) and seventy one lakh (71,69,695) beneficiaries aged more than 60 years have been administered the first dose, it said.