New Delhi:

India recorded 26,291 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, its highest single-day spike in 85 days, taking the country’s infection tally to 1,13,85,339, according to Union health ministry data.

The death toll due to the disease increased to 1,58,725 with 118 more fatalities being recorded in a day, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Registering an upward trend for five days in a row, the total active caseload has gone up to 2,19,262 which is 1.93 per cent of the total infections in the country, while the recovery rate has dropped to 96.68 per cent, the data stated.

The country on Monday reported a net increase of 8,718, the most in a day since September 17, to take its count of active coronavirus cases to 219,262. That is 78.46 per cent lower than the September 18 peak of 1,017,754.

India’s share of global active coronavirus cases now stands at 1.05 per cent (one in 95). The country is 11th among the most affected countries by active cases. 

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,10,07,352, while the case fatality rate stood at 1.39 per cent, according to the data.India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to Indian Council of Medical Research, 22,74,07,413 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to March 14, including 7,03,772 on Sunday.

With a daily increase of 26,291 in total cases, India’s tally of coronavirus cases has risen from 11,359,048 on Sunday to 11,385,339 – an increase of 0.2%. Death toll has reached 158,725, with 118 fatalities in a day. Now the eleventh-most-affected country by active cases, fourth by fatality, and second by total and recovered cases, India has added 155,941 cases in the past 7 days.

India now accounts for 1.05% of all active cases globally (one in every 95 active cases), and 5.96% of all deaths (one in every 17 deaths).
India has so far vaccinated 29,908,038 people. That is 262.69 per cent of its total caseload, and 2.1524 per cent of its population.