62,714 new cases of coronavirus in India, biggest one-day jump since October

Coronavirus in India: Recovery rate fell further to 94.58% (File)

New Delhi:
India recorded 62,714 new cases of coronavirus in the past 24 hours in its highest one-day peak in nearly five months, according to data from the Ministry of Health today. The new infections brought the country’s Covid total to 1.19 crore as India records a steady rise in cases for the 18th day in a row. The last largest peak on record was on October 16 when 63,371 cases were reported. On Saturday, the country had recorded the largest peak so far, with India facing a sudden spike in cases. With 312 deaths, the highest peak in nearly three months, the total number of deaths from the fatal disease stands at 1,61,552.

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  1. Active coronavirus cases in the country increased by 33,663, bringing the total to 4,86,310. More than 1.13 crore people have recovered from the highly infectious disease which has affected millions of people around the world.

  2. The recovery rate fell further to 94.58%, the data showed. The death rate was 1.35%.

  3. Several strict measures have been taken to tackle Maharashtra’s sudden surge by imposing a nighttime curfew from today as the state grapples with its biggest increase in coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic . The state has recorded nearly 36,000 cases in the past 24 hours.

  4. Maharashtra has also banned all kinds of public gatherings, including political and religious gatherings amid the outbreak. Restaurants, gardens and shopping centers will remain closed between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. starting today, the state government said in an order. People will not be allowed to visit the beaches from 8:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. and theaters have also been closed since Saturday evening.

  5. Maharashtra is followed by Karnataka, Chhattisgarh, Punjab and Gujarat for having recorded the highest cases in the last 24 hours. Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu are the most affected states after Maharashtra.

  6. More than 6 million people have been vaccinated so far in the country with more than 2.5 lakh doses administered in the past 24 hours.

  7. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 24,09,50,842 samples have been tested as of Saturday with 11,81,289 samples tested on the last day.

  8. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday India would expand its coronavirus vaccination campaign in “the near future” to include more people, instead of limiting it to people over 45 years old. At present, there are no concerns about the safety of these vaccines being used in the country.

  9. India has told the United Nations General Assembly that it has provided more COVID-19 vaccines to the world than it has vaccinated its own population. The further increase in cases prompted India to curb vaccine exports.

  10. More than 3 million people have been affected in the United States, the country hardest hit by the pandemic. India is behind the United States. Global coronavirus infections topped 12.67 crores.