India registers 53,476 new COVID-19 cases, highest single-day rise this year
Active coronavirus cases reached 3,95,192 while the toll increased to 1,60,692 with 251 new fatalities, the health ministry's updated data showed
New Delhi: India added over one lakh coronavirus infections in just two days with 53,476 new cases in a span of 24 hours, the highest single-day rise so far this year, pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,17,87,534, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
The active caseload registered an increase for the 15th day in a row and was recorded at 3,95,192 comprising 3.35 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 95.28 percent, the data stated.
The daily rise in infections was the highest recorded in 153 days. The toll increased to 1,60,692 with 251 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
As many as 54,366 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on 23 October.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,12,31,650, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.36 percent, the data stated.
India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August,30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September, and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September,70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November, and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.
According to the ICMR,23,75,03,882 samples have been tested up to 24 March, with10,65,021 samples being tested on Wednesday.
The 251 new fatalities include 95 from Maharashtra, 39 Punjab, 29from Chhattisgarh, 12 each from Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, and 10 from Kerala.
A total of 1,60,692 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 53,684 from Maharashtra, 12,630 from Tamil Nadu, 12,461 from Karnataka, 10,973 from Delhi, 10,312 from West Bengal, 8,769 from Uttar Pradesh, and 7,197 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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