The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare informed on Monday that as many as 26,291 new COVID-19 cases and 118 deaths were reported in India in the last 24 that took the total number of active cases in the country to 2,19,262.
With this, the total number of positive cases stands at 1,13,85,339, including 1,10,07,352 recoveries. So far, 1,58,725 lives have been claimed by the coronavirus in the country.
In the past week, India recorded the highest number of fresh Covid-19 cases since mid-December, registering a sharp 33% rise over the previous week. Deaths from the virus too rose by 28% to a six-week high of 876 during the week (March 8-15).
📍Total #COVID19 Cases in India (as on March 15, 2021)
▶️96.68% Cured/Discharged/Migrated (1,10,07,352)
▶️1.93% Active cases (2,19,262)
▶️1.39% Deaths (1,58,725)
Total COVID-19 confirmed cases = Cured/Discharged/Migrated+Active cases+Deaths pic.twitter.com/Ml9XjTAW4k
— #IndiaFightsCorona (@COVIDNewsByMIB) March 15, 2021
In percentage terms, this was the sharpest weekly surge of infections since July. In absolute numbers, nearly 1.56 lakh (1,55,912) Covid-19 cases were recorded in these seven days, the highest in 12 weeks since December 14-20. The weekly case count has doubled in the past four weeks since the second surge of the pandemic began in the country.
As many as 2,99,08,038 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered across the country so far. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 22,74,07,413 samples have been tested for the infection, including 7,03,772 in the last 24 hours.
Maharashtra, the worst affected state in the country reported 16,620 new COVID-19 cases, 8,861 discharges, and 50 deaths in the last 24 hours, the state health department informed on Sunday. There are currently 16,630 active cases in the state.