New Delhi: India on Sunday recorded highest number of cases in 4 months with 43,846 more people testing positive for the virus in the past 24 hrs. India’s coronavirus tally rose to 1,15,99,130, Union Health Ministry said in its Sunday update.
As many as 197 people lost their lives to the virus, pushing the death toll to 1,59,755, the government data said, adding that the active cases rose by 20,693 to stand at 30,9087. It is now 2.66 per cent of the total caseload.
The past 24 hours also saw 22,956 people recovering from the deadly virus, taking the total recovery count to 1,11,30,288, which is 95.96 per cent of the case tally. The fatality rate stood at 1.38 per cent.
Six states account for 86.8 per cent of the new covid-19 deaths and Maharashtra with 27,126 new cases and 92 fatalities topped the chart on Sunday. Meanwhile, Punjab accounted for 2,578 new cases.
On the vaccine front, over 4.36 crore doses have been administered till now, with over 16 lakh people vaccinated in the last 24 hours.
As cases continue to rise in Madhya Pradesh, one day lockdown has now been imposed in Bhopal and will continue every Sunday until further orders. Apart from Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur will undergo similar Sunday lockdowns. The state government has also announced that schools and colleges in these three cities will remain closed till March 31.
Union Health Minister has blamed people’s callous attitude for the spike in the number of cases. He said, “Maximum people hang their masks around their neck, some keep it in their pocket and some do not use it at all,” adding, “If we do not follow COVID appropriate behaviour, then coronavirus will go away slowly from the country and the world.”