New Delhi: With around 62,714 new coronavirus cases recorded in the last 24 hours, India witnesses sharpest one-day spike in nearly five months, based on what the health ministry data showed on Sunday. The last recorded biggest surge in corona cases was registered on October 16 when it had hit the mark of 63,371.
As per data, total Covid tally in the country has reached to 1.19 crore as India registers a steady increase in cases for the 18th day in a row. On Saturday, the country had recorded the biggest spike so far with 312 deaths, the highest spike in nearly three months, the total number of fatalities due to the deadly disease stands at 1,61,552.
Active Covid infection cases in the country rose by 33,663 taking the total to 4,86,310. Over 1.13 crore people have recovered from the highly infectious disease that has affected millions across the world.
However, the recovery rate has further dropped to 94.58 per cent, the data said. The fatality rate stood at 1.35 per cent.
Several strict measures have been put in place to battle the sudden spike, with Maharashtra enforcing a night curfew from today as the state struggles with its biggest spike in the infection rates since the beginning of the pandemic. The state recorded nearly 36,000 cases in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra, one of the worst hit states, has also banned all kinds of public gatherings including political and religious ones amid the spike. Restaurants, gardens and malls will remain shut between 8 pm and 7 am from Sunday, the state government said in an order. People will not be allowed to visit beaches from 8 pm to 7 am and drama theatres have also been shut since Saturday night.
In terms of caseload, Maharashtra is followed by Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Gujarat for recording highest Covid cases in the last 24 hours. Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the most affected states after Maharashtra.
Meanwhile, over 6 crore people have been vaccinated so far in the country with over 2.5 lakh doses administered in the last 24 hours. Whereas, around 24,09,50,842 samples have been tested up till Saturday with 11,81,289 samples being tested in the last day, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).
On Friday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that the country will widen its coronavirus vaccination campaign in the “near future” to include more people, instead of restricting it to those above age 45. He said both ‘Covaxin’ and ‘Covishied’ are completely safe and immunogenic and as of now, there are no concerns about the safety of these vaccines being used in the country.
India also revealed to the UN General Assembly that it has supplied more COVID-19 vaccines globally than it has vaccinated its own people. However, the renewed jump in cases has prompted India to put the brakes on export of vaccines.
So far, based on the Covid-19 cases, US is the hardest-hit country with over 3 crore people being affected with virus, while India comes behind US as the global coronavirus infections soar past 12.67 crore.