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Increase in new cases of Covid-19, India registers 59,118 new infections | India News


NEW DELHI: India recorded 59,118 new coronavirus infections in one day, the highest increase in a single day so far this year, bringing the national Covid-19 count to 1,18,46,652, according to data from the Union Ministry of Health updated on Friday.
The number of active cases surpassed the 4 lakh mark again after about three and a half months.
Upon posting an increase for the 16th consecutive day, active cases rose to 4,21,066, representing 3.55 percent of total infections, while the recovery rate dropped further to 95.09 percent, according to the data.
The 59,118 new infections reported in a 24-hour span were the highest since October 18, 2020. The death toll rose to 1,60,949 with 257 new deaths daily, data updated at 8 am showed.
Up to 61,871 new infections were recorded in a 24-hour span on October 18.
The number of people who have recovered from the disease rose to 1,12,64,637, while the fatality rate was recorded at 1.36 percent, according to the data.
India’s Covid-19 count 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 from 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the one crore mark on December 19.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 23,86,04,638 samples have been analyzed as of March 25 and 11,00,756 samples have been analyzed on Thursday.
The 257 new deaths include 111 from Maharashtra, 43 from Punjab, 15 from Chhattisgarh, 12 from Kerala, 11 from Tamil Nadu and 10 from Karnataka.
A total of 1,60,949 deaths have been reported in the country so far, including 53,795 from Maharashtra, 12,641 from Tamil Nadu, 12,471 from Karnataka, 10,978 from Delhi, 10,316 from West Bengal, 8,773 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,201 from Andhra Pradesh. and 6,517 from Punjab.
The Ministry of Health highlighted that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council for Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state distribution of the figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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