New Delhi: India has reported 43,846 cases of coronavirus in the last 24-hour, taking the total tally past 11,599,130, as per the data provided by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This is by far the highest spike recorded this year.
With the latest development, the active covid-19 cases in the country breached 3 lakh mark as 20,693 new active cases were added to the cumulative total.
This is for the 10th straight day that the country has witnessed surge. Meanwhile, with 197 fatalities, the fatality toll has rose to 159,755.
A total of 11,130,288 people have recovered from the viral contagion, with 22,956 recoveries recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s recovery rate at 95.9%.
India has been recording surge in covid-19 cases for over a month now. In just three days, the country has added over 1 lakh cases. On Saturday, the country had breached 40,000 mark for the first time in over four months, while on Friday 39,726 cases were reported.
As the number of cases are soaring all time high, many states have revised the restrictions and has imposed night curfews with educational institutes shut till March 31.
The central government said that Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for 76.22% of India’s total active caseload.
Maharashtra continues to be the biggest contributor to the daily count as the state recorded 27,126 new Covid-19 cases — the highest one-day rise since the pandemic began last year — in the last 24 hours.
The country has so far administered 4,46,03,841 jabs against the virus.
The nationwide vaccination drive was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers getting inoculated and vaccination of the frontline workers started from 2 February.
The second phase of the vaccination commenced on 1 March for people above the age of 60 and for people aged 45 and above with comorbid conditions.