Covid-19 Second Wave: India records highest single-day spike so far this year
India recorded 24,882 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the highest daily figure so far this year, and 140 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Saturday.
India recorded 24,882 cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19), the highest daily figure so far this year. Also, 140 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Saturday. This is the fourth time that the country’s single-day cases have crossed the 20,000-mark this year. The active cases also soared to 202,022, after a downward trend since January 20. As 4,785 new cases were added in the last 24 hours, comprising 1.74% of the total cases seen so far. The first two instances of a spike in active cases were seen in the first week of January when the first wave of Covid cases was receding, followed by a third rise on March 11.
The surge in Covid-19 cases reported on Saturday is almost 7% higher than the previous day's number. Data also showed that 19,957 people were cured of the coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours. Also, taking the recoveries to 10,973,260 so far and the national recovery rate to 96.81%.
Covid-19 Vaccination drive:
After witnessing a reduced number of cases in the last few months, the infections have once again spiked in several parts of the country. In a bid to combat the infection spread, authorities have implemented restrictions and pushed the Covid-19 vaccination drive in the country with full force. The health ministry said 2,82,18,457 vaccine doses have been administered so far, with 20,53,537 doses given in the last 24 hours.
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In the last five days, the surge in India's Covid-19 cases is being reported from six states, including Maharashtra where authorities have announced a weeklong lockdown in the densely-populated Nagpur city next week and placed restrictions in other regions. Five states account for 82.96% of the total active cases in the country, and two severely affected states—Maharashtra and Kerala—account for 71.69% of India’s total active cases, according to the health ministry’s data on Friday.
According to the health ministry, eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in daily new cases. These include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka and Haryana.