Coronavirus India Updates: Fresh Infections Highest In Four Months Prompting Fears Of Renewed Restrictions
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Coronavirus India Updates: Fresh Infections Highest In Four Months Prompting Fears Of Renewed Restrictions

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Fresh coronavirus infections in India jumped to the highest in four months, prompting concerns about harsher restrictions to contain the second wave.

Authorities detected nearly 47,000 fresh cases in 24 hours -- for the first time since Nov. 13, 2021 -- taking the total tally above 1.16 crore in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on March 22, 2021.

New infections have been exceeding single-day recoveries since March 11. That caused active cases to rise to 3.35 lakh. India’s active cases had crossed 10 lakh in mid-September.

Key figures

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,16,46,081
  • Total number of active cases: 3,34,646
  • Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,11,51,468
  • Total deaths: 1,59,967
  • Fresh cases in 24 hours: 46,951
  • One-day recoveries: 21,180
  • One-day deaths: 212

India has administered more than 4.5 crore vaccination shots since the immunisation drive began in January, according to government data. Over 4.6 lakh beneficiaries were given the jab in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases have prompted certain states such as Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra to impose fresh restrictions. The southern state ordered closure of schools for classes 9, 10 and 11 from March 22 until further orders. But they would continue to function for the 12th standard students for they have to take the board examination.

Separately, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Mumbai issued a circular for random rapid antigen testing at crowded places such as malls, khau gallis, railway stations for inbound trains, MSRTC bus depots, market, tourist places, restaurants and government offices. Fresh restrictions were imposed in Nagpur as well.

The union Health Ministry on Saturday said Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab cumulatively account for 76.22% of India’s total active caseload, with Maharashtra contributing to 62% of such cases, while Kerala and Punjab account for 8.83% and 5.36% of active cases, respectively.

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