India recorded a total of 23,285 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday. The recovery rate has increased to 96.86 per cent, the data stated. The total tally of cases went up to 11,308,846, while active caseload comprised 1,97,237 cases, according to the union health ministry data.The death count increased to 158,306 with 117 daily new fatalities.
Maharashtra’s active case tally breached the one lakh mark to reach 106,070 after reporting a new spike of 14,317 fresh COVID-19 incidences on Thursday. The total case tally has reached 2,266,374. As many as 7,193 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours with the state’s recovery rate going down to 92.94%. The cumulative recoveries stand at 2,106,400. With 57 recent deaths, the fatality toll mounted to 52,667.
“Of a total 17,213,312 laboratory samples tested thus far, 2,266,374 have returned positive with over 98,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate said. He added that the state’s case-fatality had incrementally dipped to 2.32%.
The union health ministry said eight of the 10 cities with the highest number of active cases belong to Maharashtra. They are – Pune, Nagpur, Thane, Mumbai, Amravati, Jalgaon, Nashik and Aurangabad.
Maharashtra government announced a week-long lockdown – from March 15 to March 21 – in Nagpur, which reported over 1,800 cases in 24 hours.
Kerala recorded 2,133 new COVID-19 cases, 3,753 discharges and 13 related deaths on Thursday. The total case tally rose to 1,085,664 while the active infections totalled 33,782. The overall recoveries have reached 1,047,226 and the death toll stood at 4,356
The active COVID-19 cases in Punjab rose to 10,089 after the state reported 1,305 fresh infections on Thursday. The total case tally now stand at 193,345. As many as 600 discharges were reported on the day taking the total recoveries to 177,260. With 18 new deaths, the toll mounted to 5,996.
Karnataka recorded a spike of 783 new COVID-19 infections, Tamil Nadu reported 685, Gujarat recorded 710, Madhya Pradesh added 530, Haryana reported 442 and Delhi reported 409 cases on the day.
More than 2.61 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated for COVID-19 in India so far, according to the union health ministry’s provisional report.
On March 11, a total of 480,740 beneficiaries were vaccinated, the ministry said. Of these, 402,138 beneficiaries were given the first shot of the two-dose regime. A total of 78,602 healthcare and frontline workers received the second dose, the ministry added.