As many as 62,258 more people tested positive for Covid-19 across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative tally to 1,19,08,910, said the Union health ministry on Saturday.
This is the biggest spike in new infections recorded in the country this year and the highest in over 160 days. India had last seen over 62,000 new cases on 16 October last year.
Five states — Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat — have reported a surge in new infections.
Among these, Maharashtra continues to be the biggest contributor to daily tally of the country as the state clocked in 36,902 fresh infections in the last 24 hours.
In addition to this, the death toll in the country has reached 1,61,240 with 291 more people succumbing to the disease in the same duration. The number of fatalities have gone up as compared to yesterday when it rested at 257.
As many as 30,386 recuperated from the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,12,95,023.
As a result, the active cases in the country stand at 4,52,647. The active tally breached the four-lakh mark on Friday, when the number was 4,21,066.
India had crossed the three-lakh mark of active tally on 21 March, making this the fastest one-lakh increase in active infections since Covid-19 broke out in the country.
News Source : mint