India reports record 352,991 new Covid-19 cases, more than 2,800 deaths

A healthcare worker collects swab sample of the passengers at Dadar station

Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Tripura, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Lakshadweep, Sikkim, Manipur, Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Arunachal Pradesh have not reported any COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

A total of 1,86,920 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 62,479 from Maharashtra, 13,885 from Karnataka, 13,317 from Tamil Nadu, 13,193 from Delhi, 10,766 from West Bengal, 10,541 from Uttar Pradesh, 8,189 from Punjab and 7,541 from Andhra Pradesh.

The 2,263 new fatalities include 568 from Maharashtra, 306 from Delhi, 207 from Chhattisgarh, 195 from Uttar Pradesh, 137 from Gujarat, 123 from Karnataka and 106 from Jharkhand.

Ther country also registered over 2,000 deaths for the sixth consecutive day with the highest spike in deaths on a single-day.

Noting that existing infrastructure "might not be able to cope" with the surge in Covid cases, the Centre on Sunday suggested that states should identify geographies with higher positivity or bed occupancy rate, and take local containment measures for 14 days.

According to the health ministry, ten states account for 82.28 per cent of the new deaths in the country. A net incline of 1,24,324 cases was recorded from the total active caseload in the last 24 hours.

As a result, the active tally in the country saw a huge leap in the last 24 hours, breaching the 28 lakh mark. The national recovery rate is 83.49 per cent whereas ten states account for 82.94 per cent of the new recoveries.

The sudden surge in recent weeks, with a newer variant possibly playing a role, is casting increasing doubt on India's official COVID-19 death toll of almost 200,000, with more than 2,000 people dying every day.

As on Day-98 of the vaccination drive (April 23, 2021), 29,01,412 vaccine doses were given.

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