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Covid-19: In A First, India's Active Cases Breach 11 Lakh Mark

India reported 1,52,879 new Covid-19 infections on Sunday resulting in the country’s active caseload rising to 11,08,087

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Covid-19: In A First, India's Active Cases Breach 11 Lakh Mark
A health worker collects swab sample from a labourer for COVID-19 test, at Koyambedu Vegetable Market in Chennai.
Covid-19: In A First, India's Active Cases Breach 11 Lakh Mark

India reported a daily Covid-19 spike for the 32nd day in a row on Sunday as the country logged 1,52,879 fresh infections during the last 24 hours. Sunday’s spike has resulted in the country’s active caseload breaching the 11-lakh mark for the first time since the pandemic broke out, with the tally soaring to 11,08,087. The active caseload comprises 8.29 per cent of the total infections.

The development comes at a time when a vaccine festival is being conducted throughout the country from April 11-14, with an aim to vaccinate maximum eligible people.

According to data updated by the Union health ministry on Sunday, India’s covid-19 death toll increased to 1,69,275 with 839 new fatalities, the highest since October 18, 2020. The recovery rate also dropped to 90.44 per cent, the ministry said.

The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12 and at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18, 2020.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,20,81,443, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.27 per cent, the data stated.

India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16.

It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 25,66,26,850 samples have been tested up to April 10 with 14,12,047 samples being tested on Saturday.

The 839 new fatalities include 309 from Maharashtra, 123 from Chhattisgarh, 58 from Punjab, 49 from Gujarat, 46 from Uttar Pradesh, 39 from Delhi, 36 from Karnataka, 24 from Madhya Pradesh, 23 from Tamil Nadu, 18 from Rajasthan, 17 each from Kerala and Jharkhand, 12 each from Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal and 11 from Haryana.

A total of 1,69,275 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 57,638 from Maharashtra, 12,886 from Tamil Nadu, 12,849 from Karnataka, 11,235 from Delhi, 10,390 from West Bengal, 9,085 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,448 from Punjab and 7,291 from Andhra Pradesh.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

(With PTI inputs)

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