Millennium Post (Kolkata)

India logs 2.17 lakh new cases, highest-ever 1-day spike


NEW DELHI: India on Friday recorded the highest ever 2,17,353 new Coronaviru­s cases that mounted the COVID-19 tally to 1,42,91,917, while active cases surpassed the 15-lakh mark. It’s for the second day in a row that the country has reported over two lakh cases.

According to the Health Ministry’s data updated at 8 am, the death toll has increased to 1,74,308 with 1,185 new fatalities, which is the highest since September 19, 2020.

Registerin­g a steady increase for the 37th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 15,69,743, comprising 10.98 per cent of the total infections, while the national Cobvid-19 recovery rate dropped to 87.80 per cent.

The number of people who have recovered from the disease increased to 1,25,47,866, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.22 per cent.

Earlier on Friday, Union minister Prakash Javadekar, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurapp­a, Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala, Digvijaya Singh and former Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal informed that they have tested COVID-19 positive.

Former CBI director Ranjit Sinha died here Friday morning at the age of 68 in what is believed to be a COVID-19 related death, senior officials said. He was confirmed positive for Coronaviru­s on Thursday night and breathed his last at 4.30 am, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a lockdown across the state on all Sundays till May 15 and also said those caught for the second time not wearing a mask will be fined Rs 10,000.

The first time fine for not wearing a mask has been doubled to Rs 1,000 and officials have been directed to run a special campaign for sanitisati­on across the state, according to a statement.

“There will be a weekly closure in all rural and urban areas of the state on Sunday. Only sanitation, sanitisati­on and emergency services will operate during this period,” the statement quoted Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as saying. He also directed officials to run awareness campaigns in this regard.

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