New Delhi (NVI): With 62,258 new coronavirus cases being recorded in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day rise this year, the overall tally climbed to 1,19,08,910, the Union Health Ministry confirmed today.
This for the first time since October last year, the country recorded over 60,000 new cases in a single day.
291 new COVID-19 fatalities have been reported across the country, taking the death toll to 1,61,240.
However, India continues to record a high upward slide in daily new COVID-19 cases. A total of 59,118 fresh cases were reported in India yesterday in comparison to 53,476 cases reported on the previous day and 47,261 cases a day prior.
At present, as many as 1,12,95,023 patients have been cured and recovered across the country, while the active cases remained above the 4 lakh mark and stand at 4,52,647.
In worst-affected Maharashtra 36,902 new coronavirus cases were reported on Friday, which increased the tally to 26,37,735.
The state is followed by Kerala with 11,13,772 and Karnataka with 9,81044 positive cases, while other worst-hit states include Andhra Pradesh, (8,96,863), Tamil Nadu (8,75,190), and Delhi (6,46,348).
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data, more than 23.97 crore samples tested for COVID-19 up to March 26. Of these, 11,64,914 samples were tested yesterday.
In a significant development, over 5.81 crore (5,81,09,773) beneficiaries have been vaccinated against COVID-19 since the beginning of the vaccination drive in India, the Health Ministry data shows.