New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: In biggest-ever spike of daily COVID-19 infections, India, during the last 24 hours, registered over 2.34 lakh new cases taking the overall caseload in the country over 1.45 crore, while over 1,300 new fatalities in the same span of time took the death toll in the country to over 1.75 lakh. 

According to the data by Union Health Ministry on Saturday morning, a total of 2,34,692 new COVID-19 infections were recorded from across the country in a day taking the total cases in the country to 1,45,26,609. The death also climbed up to 1,75,649 after 1,341 fresh deaths were recorded during the span of 24 hours. 

This is the third straight day when the country reported over 2 lakh cases and over 1,000 deaths in 24-hour time span. On Friday, India reported 2,17,353 new COVID-19 cases and 1,185 daily new fatalities, while on Thursday, the country recorded 2,00,739 new COVID-19 cases and 1,038 daily new fatalities. 

The number of active coronavirus cases in the country has surpassed the 16-lakh mark. Registering a steady increase for the 38th day in a row, the tally of active COVID-19 cases has climbed to 16,79,740 in the country, accounting for 11.56 per cent of its total caseload, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has dropped to 87.23 per cent. 

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has gone up to 1,26,71,220, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.21 per cent, the data stated.

This comes as several state governments and district administrations imposed sweeping restrictions in their respective areas to stem the growth of the deadly virus. Delhi and Maharashtra have been the hotspot of coronavirus in India since the country was hit by the second wave of pandemic. While Maharashtra has imposed a 15-day curfew in the state, a weekend lockdown has been imposed in Delhi to break the chain of the pandemic.

Delhi reported its biggest one-day spike on Friday with the city logging over 20,000 fresh COVID-19 infections in a span of 24 hours. 141 fatalities, highest since the pandemic started last year, in a day also took the death toll in the national capital to 11,793. 

Meanwhile Maharashtra, the worst-hit Indian state, also recorded a massive surge in daily infections. The state, during the last 24 hours, recorded over 63,000 fresh infections taking the overall caseload in the state to 37,03,584, while 398 new fatalities took the death toll there to 59,551.  

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan