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Coronavirus Daily Update: COVID-19 cases explained in charts

India reported over 16,000 COVID-19 new cases on February 26. Active cases have now crossed 1.55 lakh. Over 1.34 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated till date.

February 26, 2021 / 01:09 PM IST
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India reported 16,577 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to above 1.10 crore, the health ministry said on February 26. 

As many as 120 deaths were reported and 12,179 people recovered from COVID-19 during the period, the latest release shows. India reported its highest single-day vaccination as 8,01,480 people were inoculated against the virus, taking the number of beneficiaries to 1,34,72,643.

Active cases rose to 1,55,986 with an increase of 4,278 cases on February 26. At 65,461, Maharashtra has the highest active cases in the country, accounting for 42 percent of the load, followed by Kerala (52,164) and Karnataka (5,595). 

Maharashtra also reported the most (8,702 or 52 percent) new cases in the last 24 hours followed by Kerala (3,677), Punjab (563), Tamil Nadu (467) and Karnataka (453). These five states account for 84 percent of all the new cases in India.

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Maharashtra also reported the most (56 or 47 percent) new deaths, followed by Kerala (14), Punjab (13), Chhattisgarh (8) and Karnataka (7). These five states account for 82 percent of all the new deaths reported across the country.

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About 21 states and union territories--Andaman and Nicobar, Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Ladakh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Tripura and Uttarakhand--did not report any deaths in the last 24 hours. 

India’s recovery rate is now 97.2 percent. Dadra Nagar Haveli/Daman and Diu record the highest (99.8 percent) recovery rate. In terms of cases, Kerala recorded 4,652 new recoveries, the most, followed by Maharashtra (3,744), Karnataka (947), Tamil Nadu (471) and Gujarat (301).

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in India is now at 1,10,63,491 with 1,07,50,680 recoveries and 1,56,825 deaths as per February 26 update. The mortality rate stands at 1.4 percent, with Punjab reporting the highest (3.2 percent). More than 8 lakh daily tests were reported, with more than 21.46 crore tests carried out till date.

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Despite the high number of cases and deaths reported, India fares better when compared with other nations in terms of per million population.
Chaitanya Mallapur
first published: Feb 26, 2021 10:48 am

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