India reports 16,838 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

India reports 16,838 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday

India reported 16,838 fresh coronavirus cases on Thursday. The total case tally has climbed to 11,173,761, while the number of recoveries has surged to 10,839,894, according to data updated by the union health ministry. The active infections went up to 1,73,364. The death count due to the viral disease totalled 157,548 in the country with 113 more fatalities reported in the past 24-hour period, the ministry’s data showed.

Maharashtra recorded 8,998 new cases on Thursday. The state now has the highest active COVID-19 caseload of 85,144. Meanwhile, the total case tally touched 2,188,183. The cumulative recoveries stood at 2,049,484, with 6,135 patients being discharged in the last 24 hours. As many as 66 recent deaths pushed the toll to 52,340.

“Of 16,596,300 laboratory samples tested thus far, 2,188,183 have returned positive, with over 87,000 samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” said State Surveillance Officer Dr. Pradeep Awate. He added that the case fatality had dipped to 2.39%.

Kerala reported 2,616 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours. The total case tally of the state has risen to 10,69,661. The active cases stood at 44,438. The state recorded 4,156 discharges and 14 new deaths on the day. The total recoveries have risen to 10,20,671 and the toll mounted to 4,256.

Punjab reported new COVID-19 cases at 1,071. The state has 6,264 active cases. The total confirmed caseload stood at 1,85,381.With 385 new discharges the overall recoveries totalled 173,230 while the death toll stood at 5,887.

Karnataka reported 571 new cases, Tamil Nadu recorded 482, Gujarat recorded 480, Madhya Pradesh recorded 440 and Haryana recorded 294 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday.

The cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in India totalled 17,711,287 crore. These include 6,838,077 healthcare workers, who have taken the first dose and 30,82,942 healthcare workers who have taken the second dose, 60,22,136 frontline workers (first dose), 54,177 FLWs (second dose), 14,95,016 beneficiaries over 60 years and 2,18,939 individuals aged 45 and above with specific comorbidities, the ministry said.