Marking one of the highest COVID-19 spikes in 2021, India reported 35,871 new incidences on Wednesday, March 17. With the new cases, the total COVID-19 infection tally rose to 11,474,605, while the active infections totalled 249,197 cases. As many as 17,793 discharges and 171 fatalities from the infection were recorded on the day taking the total recoveries and deaths to 11,063,025 and 159,250 respectively.
Maharashtra recorded the highest number of positive cases on the day at 23,179. The total case tally went up to 2,370,507 while the active cases stood at 1,52,760. With 9,138 new discharges, the total recoveries increased to 2,163,391 while the death toll climbed to 53,080 after recording 84 new fatalities.
Kerala reported 2,098 new COVID-19 cases, 2,815 recoveries and 13 deaths on Wednesday. The total case tally rose to 1,096,393, of which 1,066,259 patients have been recovered. The active infections stood at 25,394. The total fatalities have reached 4,436.
Punjab recorded 2,013 new COVID-19 infections, 1,274 recoveries, and 35 new fatalities on Wednesday. The total case tally went up to 203,049 while the fatalities totalled 6,172. The state has 13,320 active COVID-19 infections. The total recoveries have reached 183,557.
A fresh spike in cases was also recorded in states including Karnataka (1,275 new cases), Gujarat (1,122), Tamil Nadu (945), Chhattisgarh (887), Madhya Pradesh (832), Haryana (555) and Delhi (536), in the past 24 hours.
Amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, the Bhopal district magistrate on Wednesday imposed restrictions under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPc) between 10 pm to 6 am. All the essential services will be permitted in the district. The Madhya Pradesh government has also imposed a night curfew in Indore between 10 pm and 6 am from Wednesday night. Restrictions have also been imposed in Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddh Nagar till April 30 as a precautionary measure against COVID-19 in view of upcoming festivals like Holi, Good Friday and Maharishi Kashyap Jayanti.
Despite the increase of COVID-19 cases across states and union territories in the country, India’s coronavirus mortality rate remains below two per cent while the cumulative positivity rate has dropped below five per cent, informed health secretary Rajesh Bhushan on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, the nationwide COVID-19 vaccination has crossed 3.64 crores reaching 36,467,744, informed the union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.
Globally, 12 crore cases have been recorded so far. The United States has logged 3.02 crore cases which remains the highest so far, which is followed by Brazil (11,700,431) and India ((11,474,605).