NEW DELHI: India saw 81,466 new coronavirus infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day rise in six months, taking the COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,23,03,131, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.
The single-day rise in cases is the highest recorded since October 2, 2020, while the death toll increased to 1,63,396 with 469 daily new fatalities, the highest since December 6, the data updated at 8 am showed.
India’s COVID-19 tally has crossed 1.23 crore, according to the Union health ministry’s latest update. The death toll has climbed to 1,63,396. The fatality rate in the country is 1.33 percent, and the recovery rate is 93.68 percent. Registering a steady increase for the 23rd day in row, the active cases have increased to 6,14,696 comprising 5 per cent of the total infections.
As many as 81,484 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on October 2 while 482 daily deaths were registered on December 6. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 11525039.
Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Punjab, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh continue to show a steep rise in daily new cases, accounting for 84.61 per cent of the new cases reported in a span of 24 hours, the Health Ministry said.
Maharashtra on Thursday reported 43,183 new COVID-19 cases, its highest one-day rise since the pandemic began, which pushed the caseload to 28,56,163, a health official said.
The state reported 249 deaths during the day, another record since October last year, taking the fatality count to 54,898. As many as 32,641 patients were discharged, the highest so far, taking the recovery count to 24,33,368. The number of active patients is 3,66,533 now.
Before this, the highest one-day spike was reported on March 28 (40,414).
Out of the 249 deaths, 140 occurred in the last 48 hours and 109 in the last week, he said. There are 19,09,498 people in home quarantine and 18,432 others in institutional quarantine.
The Maharashtra government has brought down the rates of coronavirus RT-PCR tests to ₹ 500 from ₹ 1,000. The charges for rapid antigen tests were also brought down.
Amid the worrying surge, the government has decided to operationalize both public and private sector vaccination centres throughout the month of April, including on gazetted holidays.
Delhi on Thursday recorded the highest single-day spike of this year in COVID-19 cases. As per a health bulletin issued by the city authorities, Delhi recorded 2,790 fresh COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 6,65,220 infections.
Nine fresh fatalities were also recorded over the same period, pushing the overall death toll in the capital from the novel coronavirus disease to 11,036.The city recorded 1,121 recoveries in the last 24 hours, taking the overall recovered cases tally to 6,43,686. There are a total of 10,498 active COVID-19 cases in Delhi now. Delhi conducted a total of 78,073 coronavirus tests over the last 24 hours.
The COVID-19 positivity rate in Delhi now stands at 4.54 per cent while the case fatality rate is at 1.66 per cent.
India is currently in the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination drive through which all above 45 years will get vaccination. More than 36 lakh people were vaccinated on Thursday, taking the total number of beneficiaries in the countrywide vaccination drive to over six crore.
Two vaccines – Serum Institute of India’s Covishield and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin – have been cleared for the vaccination programme which began on January 16. The country is soon expected to get seven more vaccines, the government has said.
With 1.23 crore infections, India has the third highest number of cases in the world after the United States and Brazil. Worldwide, the number of cases have surged to nearly 12 crore; 28 lakh deaths have so far been recorded.