The health ministry on Monday informed that over 2.59 lakh fresh cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India in the past 24 hours. The addition of the fresh cases has taken the COVID-19 case tally past 1.53 crore. It is the highest single-day surge in cases since the pandemic began last year.
The ministry also informed that over 12.71 crore COVID-19 jabs have been administered so far. Of it, over 32.76 lakh people were vaccinated on Sunday.
Notably, the highest single-day surge of over 2.73 lakh cases was reported on April 19. The second-highest surge of 2.61 lakh cases was recorded on April 18. The third-highest surge of over 2.59 lakh cases was reported in India on April 20. The fourth-highest surge of over 2.34 lakh cases was recorded on April 17, whereas the fifth-highest single-day surge of over 2.17 lakh COVID-19 cases was reported on April 16.
India has already surpassed Brazil in terms of cases. It is now the second-worst hit nation due to the coronavirus pandemic after the US.
1.80 lakh deaths due to COVID-19
Also, 1,761 COVID-19 related deaths were reported by the ministry during this period. The addition of the fresh fatalities has taken India’s death toll due to the deadly virus to 1,80,530. It is the highest number of deaths reported in a day since the pandemic began last year.
Previously, the death toll had touched 1,619-mark on April 19.
1.31 crore patients recovered
Of the over 1.53 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 20.31 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 13.26 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.31 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 85.56 per cent. The recovery rate had marginally dipped for the first time on August 27, 2020, because of the surge in active cases. It again dropped marginally on September 7, 10 and 11, and on November 25, 26 and 27 due to a surge in cases. It also dipped on February 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, 28 and is dipping throughout the month of March and April. Otherwise, there had been a gradual rise in the recovery rate.
Over 26.94 crore samples tested
So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 26.94 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, 15.66 lakh samples were tested on April 17. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day. The second-highest number of over 15.19 lakh samples was tested on April 19.
1,761 deaths in a day
Of the 1,761 deaths reported in a day, 351 deaths are from Maharashtra, 44 from Tamil Nadu and 146 from Karnataka. Twenty-seven deaths have been reported from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh reported 167 deaths and West Bengal reported 38 deaths. Gujarat reported 117 deaths and Madhya Pradesh reported 79 deaths. Delhi reported 240 deaths. Punjab reported 83 deaths.
Four deaths have been registered from Odisha and Rajasthan reported 53 deaths, whereas Bihar reported 41 deaths. Six deaths have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana reported 18 deaths.
Seven fatalities have been reported from Assam. Uttarakhand reported 24 deaths, whereas Jharkhand reported 46 deaths. Puducherry reported five deaths and 21 deaths have been registered in Kerala.
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