India recorded 47,262 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday taking the nationwide tally to 11,734,058, according to the union health ministry data. The death toll has reached 160,441 with 275 more people succumbing to the disease on the day. As many as 23,907 recuperated from the infection taking the total number of recoveries to 11,205,160. The active caseload increased to 368,457, comprising 3.14 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 95.49 per cent.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh and Tamil Nadu have reported a surge in new infections and accounted for 80.90% of the cases.
Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 28,699 new infections, pushing the total case tally to 2,533,026. As many as 13,165 patients were discharged from hospitals during the day, taking the total of recoveries to 2,247,495. The death toll increased to 53,589 after recording 132 fatalities. The case fatality rate stands at 2.12%. There are 230,641 active cases in the state now. Due to increasing cases the civic authorities in Mumbai barred the celebration of Holi in both public and private.
Punjab recorded 2,299 fresh COVID-19 cases and 58 related deaths on Tuesday. The state chief minister Amarinder Singh has requested prime minister Narendra Modi to urgently allow vaccination for younger people as 81 per cent of COVID-19 samples in the state showed infection by the UK variant recognised as B117 virus strain.
Genome sequencing was done on 401 samples from Punjab recently and the results showed 81 per cent samples were of the B117 virus, which started spreading in the UK since November, 2020.
The variant now comprises 98 per cent of the new cases in the UK and 90 per cent in Spain, said reports.
Over the last few weeks, coronavirus numbers have been shooting up in the state, showing a resembling trend in at least seven other states. Public health experts suspect that the resurgence of the virus which is identified as the emergent second wave of COVID-19 in the country is fuelled partially by the mutant forms and also because of laxity in observing safety measures including the use of masks and social distancing.
As COVID-19 cases in the country continue to rise, Madhya Pradesh government is mulling to impose a lockdown on Sundays in two to three cities, state home minister Narottam Mishra said on Tuesday.
Delhi government has decided to conduct random testing of coronavirus across its airports, railway and bus stations, amid a recent surge in infections. Restrictions were also placed on the public celebration of the coming Holi, Shab-e-Barat and Navratri festivals. The government said safety measures for COVID-19 should be rigorously observed in public places, especially in markets and malls. Delhi reported 1,101 new cases on Tuesday. Four persons have died in the last 24 hours, taking the number of fatalities to 10,967. The number of active cases stood at 4,411.
With the rise of COVID-19 cases, testing has also been ramped up at the Jammu Railway Station, with over 25 teams deployed to test every passenger arriving from other states, reported the state officials.
India had tested 236,438,861 samples for COVID-19 until 22 March, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Wednesday. Out of these, 1,025,628 samples were tested on Tuesday.
Since its initiation on 16 January India has so far administered 50,841,286 anti-COVID-19 jabs. The union minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday announced that everyone above the age of 45 years can get themselves vaccinated from 1 April.