Coronavirus India Updates: Second Straight Day Of Over 16,000 New Cases Amid Immunisation Efforts
Active coronavirus cases in India are on the rise again, stoking fears of a second wave and renewed restrictions after the central government already claimed success over the pandemic.
Authorities reported 16,577 new cases in 24 hours according to the health ministry's update as of 8 a.m on Feb. 26. That’s higher than the ,recoveries in the same period, taking active cases above 1.55 lakh again.
These infections now account for 1.41% of the total Covid-19 cases confirmed by the authorities since the pandemic reached India in January 2020.
On Thursday, the ministry reported 120 deaths -- also on the rise compare to last week -- with the total tally at over 1.56 lakh. India has reported over 100 deaths for three straight days now. To be sure, total deaths account for 1.42% of the more than 1.1 crore coronavirus cases detected.
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 1,10,63,491
Active cases: 1,55,986
Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 16,577
One-day recoveries: 12,179
One-day deaths: 120
India has administered vaccines to 1,34,72,643 healthcare and frontline workers with more than 8 lakh of them receiving their shots in the last 24 hours. The government also announced that senior citizens and those over 45 years of age with comorbidities will be able to get vaccinated for free at government facilities from March 1 and for a charge at many private hospitals.
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