In a major cause of concern, the health ministry on Thursday informed that 72,330 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 1.22 crore.
The ministry also informed that over 6.51 crore COVID-19 jabs have been used so far. Of it, 20.63 lakh people were vaccinated on Wednesday.
So far, the biggest single-day surge of 97,894 COVID-19 cases was reported in India on September 17. The second-highest surge of 97,570 COVID-19 cases was recorded on September 12. It is followed by 96,551 cases reported on September 11.
Notably, 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.
1.62 lakh deaths due to COVID-19
Also, 459 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 1,62,927.
Previously, the death toll had crossed the 1,200-mark on September 16.
Similarly, the biggest surge of over 97,894 cases was reported on September 17.
1.14 crore patients recovered
Of the over 1.22 crore coronavirus cases reported so far, over 5.84 lakh are active cases of the virus. It is 4.78 per cent of the total caseload. Interestingly, over 1.14 crore cases have recovered from the viral infection so far.
Thus, the country’s recovery rate stands at 93.89 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 24.47 crore samples tested
So far, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), over 24.47 crore samples for COVID-19 have been tested in the country. Of the total samples tested, 14.92 lakh samples were tested on September 24. Notably, it is the highest number of samples tested in a day. The second-highest number of over 14.23 lakh samples was tested on September 30. Over 11.25 lakh tests were carried out on March 31.
459 deaths in a day
Of the 459 deaths reported in a day, 227 deaths are from Maharashtra, 19 from Tamil Nadu and 26 from Karnataka. Four deaths have been reported from Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh reported 11 deaths and West Bengal reported two deaths. Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh reported nine deaths each. Delhi reported 11 deaths. Punjab reported 55 deaths.
No death has been registered from Odisha. Rajasthan reported five deaths, whereas Bihar reported two deaths. Four deaths have been reported each from Jammu and Kashmir and Telangana.
One fatality has been reported from Assam. Uttarakhand reported four deaths, whereas Jharkhand and Puducherry reported no death. Fifteen deaths have been registered in Kerala.
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