Coronavirus India Updates: More Than 53,000 New Cases Take Active Infections Near 4 Lakh
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Coronavirus India Updates: More Than 53,000 New Cases Take Active Infections Near 4 Lakh

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India reported the biggest spike in Covid-19 infections in five months at a time experts found a new "double mutant variant" of the virus in the country.

Authorities detected 53,476 new cases in 24 hours -- the highest since Oct. 23, 2020 -- taking the total tally near 1.18 crore in the world’s second-worst infected country, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on March 25.

That’s more than double the 26,490 recoveries over the same period, causing a spike in active infections to 3.95 lakh.

Key Figures

  • Total confirmed cases: 1,17,87,534
  • Total number of active cases: 3,95,192
  • Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 1,12,31,650
  • Total deaths: 1,60,692
  • Fresh cases in 24 hours: 53,476
  • One-day recoveries: 26,490
  • One-day deaths: 251

India has administered more than 5.3 crore vaccination shots since the immunisation drive began in January, according to government data. Over 23 lakh beneficiaries were given the jab in the last 24 hours. The third phase of the country’s inoculation drive will begin on April 1, where everyone above the age of 45 would be eligible for the shot.

Also read: New Double Mutant Variant Of SARS-CoV-2, Several ‘Variants Of Concern’ Found In India

A new "double mutant variant" of SARS-CoV-2 has been detected in India in addition to the several "variants of concern" that have already been found in at least 18 states, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The ministry, however, said it could not be sufficiently established yet if these variants were behind the recent spike in Covid-19 cases in some states.

Fresh Cases In Maharashtra At The Highest Ever

Authorities in Maharashtra detected 31, 855 new cases of Covid-19 in a span of 24 hours, recording the biggest spike in infections ever. That took the state’s total tally to 25,64,881, while active infections stood at 2,48,604.

West Bengal continued to report the maximum number of fatalities with 251 patients having succumbed to the disease in a single day. Maharashtra followed with 95 deaths in the same period.

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