India records biggest death spike this year, with active tally approaching 5 lakh mark

India has registered 62,714 new cases of Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the cumulative total to 1,1971,624, the Union’s health ministry said on Sunday.

The new infections reported only a slight jump from Saturday, when the country saw an additional 62,258 people testing positive for the virus.

However, it is still the largest spike in new infections recorded in the country this year and the highest in more than 160 days. India had last seen more than 62,000 new cases on October 16 last year.

Six states – Maharashtra, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh – account for 79.57% of new daily infections, the health ministry said on Saturday.

Of these, Maharashtra continues to be the largest contributor to the daily tally. The state had 35,726 more people testing positive for Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending Saturday night.

On top of that, the death toll in the country has reached 1,61,552 with 312 more people succumbing to the disease in the same span. The death toll has skyrocketed and crossed the 300 mark for the first time this year.

No less than 28,739 recovered from the disease in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,13,237,662.

As a result, the number of active cases in the country stands at 4,86,310. The active count crossed the four lakh mark on Friday, when the count stood at 4,21,066.

He is now close to crossing the five lakh mark again.

The Center chaired a high-level meeting on Saturday with 12 states and Union Territories (UTs) reporting an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. States and UTs have been advised to focus on strict containment and public health measures in 46 high load districts.

India’s Covid-19 tally crossed 20 lakh on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It topped 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and crossed the one crore mark on December 19.

Tests carried out so far

India had tested 24.09.50842 samples for Covid-19 as of Saturday, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Of these, 11,81,289 were tested on Saturday.

Vaccinations in India

The country has so far administered 6,02,69,782 anti-Covid shots, crossing the six crore mark.

The five crore vaccination mark was crossed on March 23.

The nationwide vaccination campaign was launched on January 16, health workers were vaccinated, and vaccination of frontline workers began from February 2.

The next phase of the Covid-19 vaccination began on March 1 for people over the age of 60 and for people aged 45 and over with specified comorbidities.

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