India registered 40,715 fresh COVID-19 infections on Monday taking the tally to 11,686,796, according to the union health ministry data. The number of active infections remained above three-lakh mark reaching 334,646. As many as 199 deaths in the last 24 hours took the total number of fatalities to 160,166. The total number of recoveries increased to 11,181,253 as 29,785 discharges were recorded on the day and the recovery rate stood at 95.67%, the ministry stated.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh continue to report an upsurge in new cases and account for 80.5% of the fresh caseload, showed the official data.
Maharashtra, on Monday, reported 24,645 new cases. With this, the total COVID-19 caseload of the state increased to 2,504,327. Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said people must follow COVID-19 safety protocols if the state is to avoid another lockdown.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray was of the view that lockdown may become necessary in some cities if the new cases continue to climb, stated Tope.
Punjab, on Monday, reported 2,319 new coronavirus cases, 1,870 discharges and 58 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Gujarat (1,640), Chhattisgarh (1,525) and Karnataka (1,445) are the other states with the highest surge in cases in the last 24 hours, as per the health ministry data.
India had tested 235,413,233 samples for COVID-19 until 22 March, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. Out of these, 967,459 samples were tested on Monday.
Meanwhile, the cumulative number of COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in the country has crossed 4.72 crores with 1,965,635 doses being given on Monday, the union health ministry said. A total of 47,207,134 vaccine doses have been given till 7 pm on Monday, according to a provisional report.