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India reports highest surge since October in Covid cases, over 68K cases reported

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New Delhi: In the last 24 hours India has recorded 68,020 new coronavirus infections, this is the highest single-day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide Covid-19 tally to 1,20,39,644, according to Union Health Ministry's data released on Monday.

Registering a steady increase for the 19th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 5,21,808 comprising 4.33 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 94.32 per cent. The 68,020 new cases reported in a span of 24 hours are the highest since October 2020, while the death toll increased to 1,61,843 with 291 daily new fatalities.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease surged to 1,13,55,993, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.34 per cent, the data stated. India fought through the first wave of infection six months ago and recorded the highest single-day spike of 93,617 cases on September 16. The highest number of deaths recorded in a day was 1,169 on September 15.

According to the ICMR, 24,18,64,161 samples have been tested up to March 28 with 9,13,319 samples being tested on Sunday. Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Punjab, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu continued to show high daily new cases, the Health Ministry said.

The Centre has advised high-burden states and Union territories to take stringent measures for containment of the surge. So far, 6.05 crore doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for 'Covishield' and 'Covaxin'.

As per NDTV reports, the Union Health Secretary on Saturday chaired a high-level meeting with 12 states and Union Territories to discuss the spike. A five-step strategy was introduced to tackle the situation. The steps were: an exponential increase in testing, effective isolation and contact tracing, re-invigorating healthcare workers, ensuring Covid protocols are followed and a targeted approach to vaccination.

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