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New Delhi: India on Saturday recorded 89,129 new COVID-19 cases in a day, the highest daily rise in around six-and-half-months, taking the nationwide tally of infections to over 1.23 crore, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Saturday.
The death toll increased to 1,64,110 with 714 more fatalities in a day, also the highest since October 21.
J&K reports 501 new cases, 2 deaths
JAMMU: Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday reported 501 new positive cases of COVID-19– 393 from Kashmir division and 108 from Jammu division– thus taking the total number of positive cases in the Union Territory to 132439.
Also two COVID deaths were reported from the Jammu Division, an official spokesperson said.
Moreover, 140 more COVID-19 patients have recovered and discharged from various hospitals including 31 from Jammu Division and 109 from Kashmir Division. According to the daily Media Bulletin, out of 132439 positive cases, 3574 are Active Positive, 126860 have recovered and 2005have died; 740 in Jammu division and 1265 in Kashmir division. The Bulletin further said that out of 6168752test results available, 6036313 samples have been tested as negative till 03rdApril, 2021. Till date 1530491 persons have been enlisted for observation which included 45150 persons in home quarantine including facilities operated by government, 3574 in isolation and 122849 in home surveillance. Besides, 1356913 persons have completed their surveillance period.
The jump in cases reported on Saturday was the highest since September 20 last year when 92,605 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours.
Corresponding to the rapid surge in cases, the number of active cases too have registered a steady increase for the 24th day in a row with the tally reaching 6,58,909, which is 5.32 per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate has further dropped to 93.36 per cent, the data stated.
The active caseload was the lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12 and comprised 1.25 per cent of the total infections.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,15,69,241, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.32 per cent, the health ministry data stated.
The number of daily coronavirus cases peaked in September last year with 97,894 infections being reported on the 17th day of the month, after which India began witnessing a gradual decline in cases.
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 last year. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20. The one-crore mark was breached on December 19 last year.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 24,69,59,192 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to April 2 with 10,46,605 of them being tested on Friday.
The 714 new fatalities include 481 from Maharashtra, 57 from Punjab, 43 from Chhattisgarh, 16 each from Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, 14 each from Kerala and Delhi, 12 from Tamil Nadu, 11 from Gujarat and 10 from Haryana.
Of the 1,64,110 fatalities reported so far in the country, 55,379 are from Maharashtra, 12,750 from Tamil Nadu, 12,591 from Karnataka, 11,050 from Delhi, 10,335 from West Bengal, 8,836 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,225 from Andhra Pradesh and 6,983 from Punjab.
The health ministry has stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.