India Logs 16,577 Covid Cases, 120 Deaths Today
New-Delhi: Fresh Covid-19 cases are showing an upward trend over the past one week, with the country reporting 16,577 cases in the last 24 hours taking the overall tally to 1,10,63,491 on Saturday, Union Health Ministry said.
While the recoveries have surged to 1,07,50,680, according to data updated by the Union health ministry on Friday.
A total 16,577 infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,56,825 with 120 fatalities.
The number of active cases increased to 1,55,986, which accounts for 1.41 per cent of the total infections.
India has been recording less than 15,000 new infections daily with the toll not crossing the 200-mark over the last one month.
The experts have expressed a number of possibilities which could be owed to the stride ranging from lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to likeability of “mutations and new strains” causing the surge, as has been studied by the laboratories involved in Covid detection across the country.
The Centre informed on Thursday that 90 per cent of the new cases reported came from seven states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh
The Ministry also informed that 8,31,807 samples were tested on Thursday. The cumulative tests done by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) so far stands at 21,46,61,465.
So far, 1,3472,643 doses of corona vaccine have been administered in the country since the drive began on January 16 after approval for ‘Covishield’ and ‘Covaxin’.
As per the Union Health Ministry, India has become the fastest nation in terms of the vaccine doses administered, even though many countries had launched their vaccination campaigns much earlier.