India reports record spike of 1.45 lakh fresh Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

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New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 tally hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with over 1.45 lakh new infections being reported in a span of 24 hours, taking the cumulative count to 1,32,05,926, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The second wave of COVID-19 is not stopping as 1,45,384 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. With 794 new COVID-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the toll in the country has mounted to 1,68,436. Currently, there are 10,46,631 active cases in the country.

As many as 77,567 people were discharged or recovered on Friday, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,19,90,859.

This is the fifth day in a week when India reported more than 1 lakh cases in a single day. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 11,73,219 samples were tested for COVID-19 infection on Friday. 25,52,14,803 samples have been tested in the country so far.

This new data has taken India’s caseload to 1,32,05,926 since the start of the pandemic while a number of deaths stands at 1,68,436. At present, there are 10,46,631 active cases across the country. A high amount of people have recovered from it also, the number of recoveries stands at 1,19,90,859.

India has vaccinated around 9.80 crore people as the world’s biggest vaccination drive is underway since January 16. In the first phase of vaccination, priority was given to all healthcare and frontline workers. The second phase of vaccination started on March 1 where doses were administered to people above the age of 60 and those between 45 and 59 years with specific comorbidities.

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