With 72,330 new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, India recorded its highest daily rise in COVID-19 cases this year taking the total tally of cases to 1,22,21,665, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday.
This means there has been a four-fold increase in the number of daily cases in just a span of 30 days. On 1 March, the country had recorded 15510 cases of the novel virus.
The single-day rise in cases is the highest recorded since October 11, 2020, while the death toll increased to 1,62,927 with 459 daily new fatalities, the highest in around 116 days, the data updated at 8 am showed, Press Trust of India reported.
Registering a steady increase for the 22nd day in row, the active cases have increased to 5,84,055 comprising 4.78 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 93.89 per cent, the data stated.
As many as 74,383 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on 11 October, 2020.
The active caseload was at its lowest at 1, 35,926 on 11 February comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,14,74,683. The case fatality rate has further has dropped to 1.33 per cent, the data stated.
The 459 new fatalities include 227 from Maharashtra, 55 Punjab, 39 from Chhattisgarh, 26 from Karnataka, 19 from Tamil Nadu, 15 from Kerala and 11 each from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
A total of 1,62,927 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 54,649 from Maharashtra, 12,719 from Tamil Nadu, 12,567 from Karnataka, 11,027 from Delhi, 10,329 from West Bengal, 8,811 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,217 from Andhra Pradesh and 6,868 from Punjab.