India recorded 3,26,098 new COVID cases taking the total number of cases to 24,372,907. Fatalities due to the disease in the last 24 hours stood at 3,890 taking the total death toll to 2,66,207.
Maharashtra reported 39,923 new COVID cases and 695 deaths the highest in the country in the last 24 hours. Kerala came second with 34,694 cases followed by Karnataka (41,779), Tamil Nadu (31,892), Andhra Pradesh (22,018), West Bengal (20,839), Uttar Pradesh (15,747) and Delhi (8,506).
Maharashtra with over 5 lakh active cases, Karnataka and Kerala with over 2 lakh cases, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu with over 1.5 lakh cases, and Andhra Pradesh and Delhi with over 1.3 lakh cases are some of the states with the highest caseload. Twelve states in the country have over 1 lakh active cases.
Maharashtra has seen close to 80,000 deaths due to the disease.
West Bengal registered the highest ever single-day spike of 20,846 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 10,94,802. With 136 more fatalities, the number of fatalities in the state has touched 12,993.
Recoveries in India have also crossed the 2 crore mark and on Saturday the number of cases was lower than the number of recoveries.
India ranks second in the total number of COVID cases across the globe next to the US. Brazil, France, and Turkey rank third, fourth and fifth respectively.
India has administered over 18 crore vaccine doses so far. It recently launched Russia’s Sputnik V COVID vaccine. The vaccine is priced at Rs995.40 per dose.
WHO concerned about India COVID situation
WHO has expressed concern over India’s COVID-19 situation as the country registers a high number of cases and deaths. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that the second year of the pandemic will be “far more deadly” than the first.
“India remains hugely concerning, with several states continuing to see a worrying number of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths,” he said. WHO said it has shipped thousands of oxygen concentrators, tents, masks, and other medical supplies to India.
Ghebreyesus said that other countries like Nepal, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and Egypt are also dealing with spikes in cases and hospitalizations.
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