As many as 23,285 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the country in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry has said. With this, the cumulative tally in India has reached 1,13,08,846.

This is also the steepest hike of new infections in 2021. After seeing a downward trend for over a month, the country is now bracing itself against a possible second wave.

The country currently has 1,97,237 active cases. The number was 1,89,226 on Thursday while it was 1,84,598 on Wednesday. The tally has been steadily increasing since the last week of February.

Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, has seen a resurgence of the disease. On Thursday, Maharashtra recorded 14,317 new infections – its highest number of new cases this year – a situation that Union health ministry officials separately described as “very worrying”.

In Delhi too, there has been a fresh spike in the number of cases. The national capital on Thursday reported 409 new infections of Covid-19, the highest single-day increase in cases in over two months.

A total of 117 people also lost their lives due to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 1,58,306. This marks a slight decline in new fatalities compared to Thursday, when it was 126. At 133, Wednesday saw the most number of deaths in two weeks.

In addition to this, 15,157 more people recuperated from Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of recoveries has reached 1,09,53,303.

Vaccinations in India

India has so far vaccinated 2,61,64,920 people since the inoculation drive began on 16 January.

On 1 March, the scope of the drive was expanded to also include those above 60 years of age and people above 45 with comorbidities.

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