Rising infections in Maharashtra push national case tally to 68,206 on Sunday

Rising infections in Maharashtra push national case tally to 68,206 on Sunday

India recorded a spike of 68,206 new COVID-19 incidences on Sunday, pushing the total case tally of the nation to 12.039,210.  The active caseload is now reaching 5,18,767, according to the data from the union health ministry. While the overall number of recoveries have reached 11,353,727 the death toll increased to 161,881.As many as 32,149 patients were discharged on the day whilst 295 succumbed to the infection.

Maharashtra’s tally of active COVID-19 cases mounted to 325,901 after recording 40,414 new cases on Sunday. With this, the total confirmed COVID-19 cases increased to 2,713,875 in the state. The state’s death toll surged to 54,181 after recording 108 recent fatalities. As many as 17,874 discharges were recorded on the day taking the total recoveries to 2,332,453.

Fearing further spike in the state, the Maharashtra government has decided to tighten its COVID-19 restrictions till 15 April. In order to check the spread, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray had declared a night curfew across the state from Sunday under its ‘Mission Begin Again’ programme.

At a meeting with senior health officials and COVID task force, the CM instructed to prepare for restrictions similar to lockdown if people continued to violate COVID-related rules, stated an official release.

The active cases of Kerala increased to 24,578 after recording 2,216 new cases, 1,853 discharges and 12 deaths on Sunday. The total confirmed case tally increased to 1,117,994 while the overall recoveries reached 1,088,522 and the death toll surged to 4,580, till now.

Punjab on Sunday reported 2,963 fresh COVID-19 cases pushing the cumulative total to 231,734. The active infections increased to 23,917. The total recoveries rose to 201,127 and death toll stood at 6,690.

Karnataka recorded 3,082 new infections, 1,285 discharges and 12 deaths on Sunday. The total confirmed cases rose to 987,012. The active caseload comprised 23,037 cases.

Other states which saw a spike included Chhattisgarh (2,153 new infections), Gujarat (2,270), Madhya Pradesh (2,276), Tamil Nadu (2,194), Delhi (1,881), Uttar Pradesh (1,447), Haryana (1,392), Andhra Pradesh (1,005) and Rajasthan (1,081).

Over 60,269,782 beneficiaries have been vaccinated in India so far since the inoculation drive began on January 16.