India recorded the highest spike of COVID-19 cases this year at 89,129 and 714 related deaths, on Friday. The surge is the highest since 20 September 2020 when 92,605 cases were reported. The new infections pushed the total case tally of the nation to 12,391,133. The active cases comprised 658,909 cases. So far, 11,569,241 people have been discharged while 164,110 people lost lives to COVID-19.
Karnataka reported 4,991 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,006,229. The active cases of the state have surged to 34,219 while the total confirmed case tally went up to 1,006,229. The death toll of the state has reached 12,591.
Delhi witnessed a worrying surge in cases with the city recording 3,594 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest daily count this year.
In Tamil Nadu 3,290 new cases were reported in a day, taking the caseload to 892,780. 12,750 people have died due to the virus in the state so far.
The active cases of Kerala increased to 26,404 after recording 2,508 new cases, 2,287 discharges and 14 deaths on Friday. The total confirmed case tally increased to 1,129,891 while the overall recoveries reached 1,098,526 and the death toll surged to 4,647, till now.
Punjab recorded 2,873 new cases 2,002 discharges and 57 deaths on Friday. The total case tally went up to 245,768, of which 25,458 are active infections. The total recoveries increased to 213,327 while the death toll rose to 6,983.
Other states which saw a spike included Chhattisgarh (4,174 new infections), Uttar Pradesh (2,953), Madhya Pradesh (2,777), Gujarat (2,640), Haryana (1,861), West Bengal (1,733), Rajasthan (1,422), and Andhra Pradesh (1,288).
“88 per cent of COVID-related deaths in our country have been in the age group of 45 years and above. Therefore, prioritising vaccination for this age group is paramount to prevent COVID-related deaths,” Dr VK Paul, Member (Health) NITI Aayog, said as the country expanded the inoculation drive to include the age group. Over 73,054,295 beneficiaries have received a vaccination so far in the country.