India's daily COVID-19 count reaches 81,466 cases - biggest in 6 months

Siliguri, India: India's daily COVID-19 toll touched a whopping 81,466 fresh infections since yesterday, taking the tally to 1.23 crore, the health ministry data shows. 469 daily new fatalities were reported in the meantime, the highest since December 6, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Friday marks a steady rise in new cases for the 23rd day in a row, and the active cases have increased to 6,14,696 comprising 5% of the total infections. The recovery rate has dropped to 93.67%, the data stated.

The spike in caseload comes after 81,484 new infections were recorded on October 2.

Nationwide, India is encountering a sharp rise in the number of cases that experts attribute to a mutant strain of the coronavirus and a festive season where people flouted the rules. 

Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Punjab, Kerala, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh accounted for 84.61% of cases surfacing in the nation in the last 24 hours. The worrying spike in cases has prompted lockdown, travel restrictions and public gathering bans in regions to curb the menace. 

Of all the affected states, Maharashtra is the worst stuck with 43,183 cases recorded as of Thursday and accounting for over 50% of all the recorded cases in the nation. 

On the same day, Mumbai, India's financial capital, reported 8,646 cases of COVID-19 cases, making it the highest one-day spike since the pandemic began.

It must be noted, while the number of cases is matching with the peak numbers from last year's September, October, the fatal cases in this year have been comparatively lower, the data showed. 

On October 1, there were 1,102 fatal cases while the seven-day average of casualties on that day was 1,068. This is compared to 486 fatal cases for today. which is more than half less. 

According to the ICMR, a number of COVID-19 tests carried out on 1sst April was 24,59,12,587 of these, a total of 11,13,966 samples were tested yesterday.

As caseloads rise, India enters the third stage of its mega mass vaccine drive beginning 1st April where the inoculation will be given to people over the age of 45.

India also faces a turbulent election scenario in North Bengal, and other regions amid the raging pandemic. 

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