Covid-19: India records 62,258 new cases and 291 deaths

New Delhi: There seems to be no stopping for Coronavirus in India, as the cases continue to increase day-by-day. The country saw 62,258 new coronavirus infections ,the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide Covid-19 tally to 1,19,08,910.

According to Union Health Ministry data released this morning, the 62,258 new cases were reported in a span of 24 hours, the highest since 16 October, 2020, while the death toll increased to 1,61,240 with 291 daily new fatalities.

The active cases have increased to 4,52,647 and the number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,12,95,023.

India’s Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September.

It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 23,97,69,553 samples have been tested up to 26 March with 11,64,915 samples being tested on Friday.

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.


NT Bureau