India saw 39,726 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, the highest single day rise recorded so far this year, taking the nationwide Covid-19 tally to 1,15,14,331, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data.
Registering an increase for the ninth day in a row, the total active caseload has reached 2,71,282, which now comprises 2.36 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 96.26 percent, the data stated.
The daily rise in infections (39,726) was the highest recorded in 110 days, while the death toll increased to 1,59,370 with 154 daily new fatalities, the data indicated.
As many as 41,810 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on November 29.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,10,83,679, while the case fatality rate has further to 1.38 percent, the data stated.
India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5, and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20, and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.
According to ICMR, 23,13,70,546 samples have been tested up to March 18 with 10,57,383 samples being tested on Thursday.
As COVID-19 cases rise across the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a virtual meeting on Friday with Chief Ministers of various states calling ‘quick and decisive steps to check the ’emerging second peak’.
Modi said in states like Maharashtra, Punjab, and Madhya Pradesh the number of COVID cases has seen a rise while nearly 70 districts in the country have seen an increase in the positivity rate by over 150 percent of late.
“If we do not stop it here, then a condition for a nationwide outbreak may emerge,” he said and called for quick and decisive steps should be taken.
In the light of spurt in Covid-19 cases, the Madhya Pradesh government has announced a lockdown in Indore, Bhopal, and Jabalpur cities every Sunday till further orders.
The lockdown will be in force from Saturday 10 PM to Monday 6 AM. Besides, all educational institutions will remain closed in these three cities till March 31, said a public relations department official on Friday.
Madhya Pradesh Friday reported 1,140 new COVID-19 cases and seven deaths. The decision of Sunday lockdown was taken at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.