Millennium Post (Kolkata)
COVID-19: India records highest single-day jump in 30 days
NEW DELHI: India’s COVID19 tally climbed to 1,10,96,731 with 16,752 new infections, the highest in the last 30 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday highlighting six states that have shown a surge in new cases in a span of 24 hours. The country had recorded 18,855 new infections on January 29.
It said 86.37 per cent of the new cases are from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat.
Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 8,623, followed by Kerala with 3,792 cases while Punjab reported 593 fresh COVID-19 cases.
Eight states are displaying an upward trajectory in the daily new cases, the ministry said.
“The Centre has been engaging with states and union territories exhibiting higher active number of cases and those reporting a spike in the daily new COVID-19 cases,” the ministry stated.
The death toll mounted to 1,57,051 with 113 fresh fatalities. The active caseload further increased to 1,64,511. It constitutes 1.48 per cent of the total infections, it showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,07,75,169, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.10 per cent. The case fatality rate stands at 1.42 per cent.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 21,62,31,106 samples had been tested until February 27 with 7,95,723 being tested on Saturday. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu extended Coronavirus-related restrictions till March 31. Offices, shops, and industrial and commercial establishments will continue with staggered working hours. Authorities have been directed to crack down on violations of these or any other Covid-related protocols. Police and municipal authorities have been further directed to ensure that measures in containment zones - which will now be demarcated at micro-levels - are strictly followed.