India’s COVID-19 Tally Rises To 11,599,130 With Nearly 44,000 New Cases
NEW DELHI, Mar 21 (NNN-PTI) – India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 11,599,130 today, with 43,846 new cases registered during the past 24 hours, according to the latest data from the federal health ministry.
The death toll mounted to 159,755, as 197 patients died since yesterday.
Both, the number of new cases and deaths registered during the past 24 hours are record high this year. Earlier, Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, expressed concern at the sudden rise in cases, and called for immediate steps to curb a possible second wave of pandemic.
There are still 309,087 active cases in the country, while 11,130,288 people have been discharged from hospitals after medical treatment.
There was an increase of 20,693 active cases during the previous 24 hours, out of which a maximum of 13,446 cases were reported from the south-western state of Maharashtra.
The number of daily active cases had been on the rise over the past few days, as another wave of COVID-19 looms large in India.
In Jan the number of cases in the country had come down to below-10,000. As many as 9,102 new cases were reported between Jan 25-26, which was the lowest in the previous 237 days. Prior to that, the lowest number of daily new cases was 9,304, registered on June 4, 2020.
So far, over 44 million people have been vaccinated, since the nationwide vaccination drive was kicked off in mid Jan.
The federal government conducted more than 233 million tests so far.
Delhi, which has been one of the most COVID-19 affected places in the country, has been witnessing comparatively a lesser number of cases over the past several months. Only 813 new cases and two deaths were registered in the national capital through yesterday.
So far, as many as 10,955 people have died in the national capital, confirmed the Delhi’s health department.