New Delhi: After a decline for the last two days, active Covid-19 cases in India have increased once again to over 1.5 lakh, after Maharashtra recorded 8,807 new cases — the highest single-day spike in the state since 18 October.
As many as 16,738 people tested positive for Covid-19 across the country in the last 24 hours. More than half of these cases were recorded in Maharashtra alone.
Active cases in India rose once again to 1,51,708. Maharashtra has the highest number of active cases in the country, followed by Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Punjab has also entered the list, with the fifth-highest burden of active cases in the country.
Number of deaths
In the past 24 hours, 138 people have died of Covid-19 across the country. This takes the country’s overall death toll to 1,56,705. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Delhi and West Bengal have recorded the highest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
The overall fatality rate for India has dropped to 1.42. Punjab’s case fatality rate has reduced slightly to 3.21, but it is still the highest in the country. However, this drop can be attributed to the rise in the number of cases in the state rather than a decline in the number of deaths.
Same can also be true for Maharashtra’s CFR, which reduced to 2.44. Sikkim’s fatality rate is 2.20.
In the last 24 hours, a total of 7,93,383 Covid-19 tests were conducted across 1,221 government and 1,173 private laboratories. Over 21 crore tests have been carried out in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
The daily test positivity rate for India has increased to 2.1 per cent for the last 24 hours. The overall positivity, calculated since the beginning of the pandemic, is now 5.1 per cent.
As many as 11,799 Covid-19 patients were discharged in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of Covid-19 recoveries since the beginning of the pandemic to 1,07,38,501.
A total of 1,26,71,163 vaccine doses have been administered in India so far. These include 1,10,54,815 first doses and 16,16,348 second doses of the vaccine.
While the countrywide vaccination drive for healthcare workers was rolled out on 16 January, vaccination of frontline workers started from 2 February.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,10,46,914 people in India have been infected with Covid-19. The highest number of cases have been reported from Maharashtra, followed by Kerala and Karnataka.
States with highest active cases
Maharashtra has overtaken Kerala to once again become the state with the highest burden of active Covid-19 cases. With 8,807 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, active cases in the state rose to 60,559. This is the highest number of cases in a single day since 18 October 2020.
The state also has the highest number of confirmed cases and deaths in the country — 21,21,119 total cases and 51,937 deaths.
Active cases in Kerala reduced to 53,153, with 4,106 new cases reported in the last 24 hours.
This has brought the total number of cases in the state to 10,45,009. Of these, 4,136 people have died with 17 deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
Active cases in Karnataka rose to 6,096. In the last 24 hours, the state reported 334 new cases of Covid-19 and six deaths. This has brought the total infections detected in the state to 9,49,183 and the death toll to 12,309.
Tamil Nadu has reported 463 new cases of Covid in the last 24 hours, which has brought the total number of cases detected from the state to 8,49,629. Of these, 4,062 are active cases.
With six deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the state’s Covid-19 death toll stands at 12,478.
Punjab entered the list of top five states with highest active cases with 558 new cases. Active cases in the state stand at 3,598.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,786 people in the state have lost their lives to Covid-19, with seven deaths reported in the last 24 hours.
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