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With 24,882 new infections, nation sees highest single-day spike this year


Mar 13, 2021

The death toll climbed to 1,58,446 with 140 new fatalities

New Delhi, March 13

India on Saturday recorded 24,882 fresh COVID-19 infections, the highest so far this year, which took the caseload to 1,13,33,728, according to Union health ministry data.

This is also the highest daily rise in the last 83 days. As many as 26,624 new infections were recorded on December 20.

The death toll climbed to 1,58,446 with 140 new fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,09,73,260. The case fatality rate stands at 1.40 per cent, the data stated.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 22,58,39,273 samples had been tested until March 12 including 8,40,635 on Friday.

A total of 1,58,446 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 52,723 from Maharashtra, 12,539 from Tamil Nadu, 12,386 from Karnataka, 10,936 from Delhi, 10,287 from West Bengal, 8,743 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,180 from Andhra Pradesh.

The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the Indian Council of Medical Research,” the ministry said on its website, adding that state-wise distribution of figures is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

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