New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India has witnessed fresh 43,846 coronavirus cases, setting another highest daily-high in nearly four months.
The worrying surge in the COVID infections has prompted states like Punjab, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu to consider the return of school closures, restrictions on public gatherings and other virus-fighting measures, including lockdown in their worst-hit districts.
According to the Health Ministry of India, the daily rise in infections today was the highest recorded in 112 days, while the number of fatalities has risen to 1,59,755 with 197 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
Maharashtra, Punjab, Kerala, Karnataka and Gujarat are the five states that have recorded the highest single-day surge since yesterday, the data shows.
On Saturday, the Ministry said that India recorded one lakh infections in just three days after 40,953 new infections were reported in a day. On Friday, 39,726 new cases were logged while 35,871 fresh cases were recorded the previous day. India’s COVID tally currently stands at 1.15 crore (1,15,99,130).
Eight states including Maharashtra and Delhi are reporting a rising trajectory of new infections, the country’s Health Ministry said while giving the latest COVID update on Saturday. Kerala, meanwhile, is showing a “consistently declining” trend, it said.