Coronavirus India Update: India Reports Over 56,000 New Cases, 271 Deaths 
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Coronavirus India Update: India Reports Over 56,000 New Cases, 271 Deaths 

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India reported a slight dip in new Covid-19 cases after reporting its biggest single-day spike since October of last year.

Authorities detected more than 56,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update at 8 a.m. on March 30. The country reported about 37,000 recoveries in the same period.

More than 270 people lost their lives to the disease in a day, taking the total coronavirus-related fatalities above 1.62 lakh.

Key Figures

  • Total Confirmed Cases: 1,20,95,855
  • Total Active Cases: 5,40,720
  • Patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,13,93,021
  • Total Deaths: 1,62,114
  • Fresh cases in 24 hours: 56,211
  • One-day recoveries: 37,028
  • One-day deaths: 271

Meanwhile, as the number of currently active Covid-19 cases touched a new record in Maharashtra, the state appeared headed towards a lockdown in the coming week. The western state added 35,726 new cases on Monday, taking its total caseload to 2.67 lakh, according to the health ministry.

Coronavirus India Update: India Reports Over 56,000 New Cases, 271 Deaths 

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Global Update

Globally, coronavirus cases have passed 127 million, with deaths exceeding 2.8 million. More than 559 million shots given worldwide.

The head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned of “impending doom” as cases and deaths begin to rise again. Hospitalisations related to Covid-19 are already climbing in half of the U.S., the latest sign that the nation’s fourth upswing in infections is underway.

The U.S. is on pace to soon administer 3 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines a day as the supply increases and states widen eligibility. New York City administered a record 478,000 doses last week. A CDC study found the Pfizer Inc.-BioNTech SE vaccine and the Moderna Inc. shot effectively prevented coronavirus infections, not just illness.

Also read: CDC Chief Warns of ‘Impending Doom’ as Covid Cases, Deaths Rise

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