Coronavirus: India records 18,711 new Covid-19 infections

A health worker takes a swab sample from a resident getting tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus near residential buildings in Mumbai on 16 July 2020.

A health worker takes a swab sample from a resident getting tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus near residential buildings in Mumbai on 16 July 2020. File photo/AFP/Getty Images/Punit Paranjpe

PTI

NEW DELHI, India, 7 March 2021

The daily rise in new coronavirus infections were recorded above 18,000 for the second consecutive day taking India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,12,10,799, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday.

The active cases registered an increase for the fifth consecutive day and the COVID-19 active caseload increased to 1,84,523 which now comprises 1.65 per cent of the total infections.

The recovery rate has dropped further to 96.95 per cent, the ministry data stated.

A total of 18,711 new infections were registered in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,57,756 with 100 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

On 29 January, 18,855 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,68,520 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 96.95 per cent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.41 per cent.

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

According to the ICMR, 22,14,30,507 samples have been tested up to March 6 with 7,37,830 samples being tested on Saturday.


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