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India see record day high of 152,879 new COVID-19 infections

The number of new fatalities stood at 839, the most deaths in more than five months, taking the toll to 169,275. This is the first time the country has ever breached the 11 lakh mark in terms of active cases

April 11, 2021 / 12:32 PM IST
Commuters walk on a railway platform after disembarking from a local train amid the coronavirus pandemic in Mumbai, India on February 9, 2021. (File Image: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas)

Commuters walk on a railway platform after disembarking from a local train amid the coronavirus pandemic in Mumbai, India on February 9, 2021. (File Image: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas)

Hitting another record daily high of 1,52,879 new coronavirus infections, India's COVID-19 tally of cases climbed to 1,33,58,805, while the active cases breached the 11-lakh mark for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on April 11.

The death toll increased to 169,275 with 839 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18, 2020, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering a steady increase for the 32nd day in row, the active cases increased to 1,108,087 (11.08 lakh) comprising 8.29 percent of the total infections, while the recovery rate further dropped to 90.44 percent, the ministry said.

The active caseload was at its lowest at 135,926 on February 12 and at its previous highest at 1,017,754 (10.17 lakh) on September 18, 2020.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 12,081,443 (1.20 crore), while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.27 percent, the data stated.

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India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, crossed 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 256,626,850 (25.66 crore) samples have been tested up to April 10 with 1,412,047 (14.12 lakh) samples being tested on April 10.

The 839 new fatalities include 309 from Maharashtra, 123 from Chhattisgarh,58 from Punjab,49 from Gujarat,46 from Uttar Pradesh, 39 from Delhi, 36 from Karnataka, 24 from Madhya Pradesh, 23 from Tamil Nadu, 18 from Rajasthan, 17 each from Kerala and Jharkhand, 12 each from Andhra Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and West Bengal and 11 from Haryana.

A total of 169,275 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 57,638 from Maharashtra, 12,886 from Tamil Nadu, 12,849 from Karnataka, 11,235 from Delhi, 10,390 from West Bengal, 9,085 from Uttar Pradesh, 7,448 from Punjab and 7,291 from Andhra Pradesh.

The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 percent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

"Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR," the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.
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first published: Apr 11, 2021 10:23 am

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