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India sees highest new daily coronaviru­s cases in February

Country witnesses 15,572 infections, 113 more deaths in 24 hours

- NEW DELHI

Fresh Covid-19 cases are showing a worrying upward trend over the past one week, with the country reporting single-day rise of 15,572 cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 11,112,012 yesterday, Union Health Ministry said.

The rise is the highest in the month of February.

The positivity rate has been rising gradually, which is now at 1.48 per cent. As per the Ministry’s data, there are 1,64,511 active cases at present after 11,718 patients were discharged in a day.

Meanwhile, 113 more deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the overall toll to 157,193, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

The experts have expressed a number of possibilit­ies which could be owed to the stride ranging from lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to likeabilit­y of “mutations and new strains” causing the surge, as has been studied by the laboratori­es involved in Covid detection across the country.

Last week, officials said that the average daily new infections for the last 15 days were oscillatin­g between 9,000 to 12,000 while the deaths were between 78 to 120.

On February 9, India had reported 9,110 new cases, the lowest this year so far. Last year, the lowest 9,633 cases were recorded on June 3.

Drop in recovery rate

Till now, 10,775,169 persons have been discharged so far. The recovery rate has reduced to 97.10 per cent, a change of 0.4 per cent in the last two days. Meanwhile, the fatality rate remains 1.42 per cent.

On Friday, around 90 per cent of the new cases came from six states — Maharashtr­a, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, Karnataka and Gujarat, while six states accounted for 84.62 per cent of the new deaths included Maharashtr­a, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisga­rh and Karnataka.

The Ministry also informed that 7,95,723 samples were tested on Saturday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 216,231,106.

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