New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Continuing with the spike in COVID-19 cases, India, during the last 24 hours, recorded 47,262 fresh infections, its highest single-day spike in the last 6 months, taking the overall case tally to 1,17,34,058. The death toll also rose to 1,60,441 after 275 fatalities, the highest since November, were reported from across the country. 

India had last reported 47,905 fresh COVID-19 cases on November 12, while the last time more COVID-related deaths were reported in a single day was December 30 last year, when the country had reported 300 fatalities. The fatalities on Tuesday were a sharp rise from Monday's 197 deaths and 213 deaths on Sunday. 

The active caseload registered an increased for the 14th day in a row and was recorded at 3,68,457, comprising 3.14 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 95.49 per cent, the ministry data updated at 8 am said. On Sunday, active cases have jumped by more than 25,000, the highest single-day rise since the start of the pandemic in the country.

The daily rise in infections was the highest recorded in 132 days, while the country's COVID-19 death toll increased to 1,60,441, with 275 new fatalities, the highest in around 83 days. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,12,05,160, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.37 per cent, the data stated. 

Maharashtra, being the worst-hit Indian state, accounted for nearly half of today's case count and deaths. The state has reported 134 fatalities during the last 24 hours, while a total of 28,699 fresh cases, its second-highest count after 30,535 new infections were reported on Sunday, were reported from the state in the same span of time. This was the highest single-day death toll in the state in 123 days since November 20, when 155 fatalities were recorded.

According to the data by the Union Health Ministry, 12 states have reported their highest single-day spike of new COVID-19 cases since January or earlier. Meanwhile, five states and Union Territories, which recorded their highest spike since November, include Karnataka, with 2,010 fresh cases, the highest since November 14, Chhattisgarh (1,910 cases, highest since Nov 23), Madhya Pradesh (1,502, highest since Nov 29), Tamil Nadu (1,437, highest since Nov 29) and Puducherry (87, highest since Nov 11).

Delhi also logged 1,101 new COVID-19 cases during the last 24 hours, the highest since December 19. Haryana numbers also climbed to 895, the most since December 14, and Uttar Pradesh was at 638, its highest count since January 10. 

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan