New Delhi: India on Sunday reported 25,317 new Covid-19 cases, the highest since December 19, taking the total tally of infections to 1,13,59,048, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.
With 158 deaths in the last 24 hours, the overall death toll rose to 1,58,607.
The number of fresh infections is nearly 1.7 per cent higher than that of Saturday when the country registered 24,882 cases. Overall, India has now recorded 1,13,59,048 cases since the outbreak nearly a year ago, according to government data.
The country’s active caseload has reached 2,10,544, which constitutes 1.8 per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate dropped to 96.7 per cent.
The Union Health Ministry also said that 15,19,952 vaccine doses were administered on day 57 of the vaccination drive on March 13. Out of these, 12,32,131 beneficiaries including healthcare workers and frontline workers were vaccinated across 24,086 sessions for the first dose and 2,87,821 people received the second dose.
Meanwhile, Brazil surpassed India to become the second worst-hit country in the world after a sharp spike in Covid-19 cases. It recorded 85,663 new cases and 2,216 deaths in the last 24 hours.