India reports highest daily spike with over 1.15 lakh new cases
The single-day rise in coronavirus cases breached the 1-lakh mark for the second time in three days
The number of new coronavirus cases in India on Wednesday hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with over 1.15 lakh new infections being reported in the last 24 hours.
A total of 1,15,736 infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,66,177 with 630 daily new fatalities, the data from the Union health ministry updated at 8 am showed today.
The single-day rise in coronavirus cases breached the 1-lakh mark for the second time in three days. On April 5, the country has witnessed 1,03,844 fresh daily Covid positive cases for the first time.
Registering a steady increase for the 28th day in row, the active cases have increased to 8,43,473 comprising 6.59 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 92.11 per cent, the data stated. The active caseload was at its lowest at 1, 35,926 on February 12 comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.
Active Covid-19 infections in the country crossed 8 lakh on Tuesday, just two days after going past the 7 lakh mark. This was the fastest 1 lakh rise in active cases since the outbreak of the pandemic, with the count rising by a record 54,000 on Tuesday alone.
Such has been the surge in the pandemic over the past few weeks that the count of active cases has gone from 2 lakh to over 8 lakh in just 24 days. The corresponding rise in active cases during the first wave had taken 66 days.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,17,92,135, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.30 per cent, the data stated. India's Covid-19 tally 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 past 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 ICMR, 25,14, 39,598 samples have been tested up to April 6 with 12,08, 339 samples being tested on Tuesday. The 630 new fatalities include 297 from Maharashtra, 61 from Punjab, 53 from Chhattisgarh, 39 from Karnataka, 30 from Uttar Pradesh, 18 from Madhya Pradesh, 17 each from Delhi and Gujarat, 15 from Tamil Nadu, 14 from Kerala, 13 from Rajasthan.
A total of 1,66,177 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 56,330 from Maharashtra, 12,804 from Tamil Nadu, 12,696 from Karnataka, 11,113 from Delhi, 10,355 from West Bengal, 8,924 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,251 from Andhra Pradesh and 7,216 from Punjab.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent 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