India witnessed yet another fresh spike in COVID-19 incidences after registering 39,643 new cases on Thursday. The total tally of cases went up to 11,513,945, while active caseload comprised 2,68,338 cases, according to the union health ministry data. The death count increased to 159,405 with 155 daily recent fatalities. With 20,338 new discharges, the total recoveries have increased to 11,081,508.
With 25,833 new COVID-19 incidences reported in the past 24 hours, the total case tally of Maharashtra soared to reach 23,96,340. The state’s active caseload went up to 166,353. As many as 12,174 discharges and 58 deaths were reported from COVID-19 on the day. The overall recoveries and deaths form the pandemic has increased to 2,175,565 and 53,138 respectively. The state health minister Rajesh Tope said that the government is aiming to vaccinate 3 lakh people daily amidst a surge in coronavirus cases in the state.
Meanwhile, in view of the highest number of cases, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the district administration should speed up contact tracing and implementation of restrictions and safety protocols.
Kerala recorded 1,899 new COVID-19 cases, 2,119 discharges and 15 related deaths on Thursday. The total case tally rose to 1,098,292 while the number of active infections declined to 25,159 in the state. The overall recoveries have reached 1,063,444 and the death toll stood at 4,423.
Punjab reported 2,369 new COVID-19 cases pushing its total case tally to 205,418. The active cases stood at 14,366, as the recoveries increased to 184,848 and death toll went up to 6,204. Amid the rise in cases, the chief minister has ordered a curfew in Amritsar between 11 pm and 5 pm.
Other states which registered a spike in COVID-19 cases on Thursday included Karnataka (1,488 new cases), Gujarat (1,276), Chhattisgarh (1,066), Tamil Nadu (989), Madhya Pradesh (917), Haryana (633) and Delhi (607).