In Biggest 1-Day Spike Since Mid-October, India Records Over 59,000 Cases Of Covid-19 Infection

A report by the State Bank of India (SBI) says the increase in daily cases “clearly indicates a second wave”.

As per the government data this morning, India recorded a huge spike of 59,118 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 1,18,46,652 total infections. The alarming surge in infections over the last two weeks in the country has been the highest in the last few months, with active cases yet again crossing the four lakh-mark. Ensure that Covid protocols – like wearing masks and maintaining social distancing – are strictly followed, the Centre has urged the states. A report by the State Bank of India (SBI) says the increase in daily cases “clearly indicates a second wave”. The second wave may last up to 100 days, when counted from February 15, it added.

Since October 18, when 61,871 infections were recorded in the country, today’s spike in cases in the last 24 hours is the highest. With 25,874 active cases in the last 24 hours, the total reached 4,21,066.

On Thursday, the Western State of Maharashtra recorded 35,992 new infections to post a new high. With total 26,00,833 infections, the state has recorded the highest number of cases in the country so far. Mumbai, the country’s Financial Capital, logged 5,504 new infections – crossing 5,000 for the second day in a row – to post a new single-day high.

Among the other states that recorded the biggest single-day spike in the last 24 hours are Punjab (2,661), Karnataka (2,523), Chhattisgarh (2,419) and Kerala (1,989).

Delhi, on Thursday, reported 1,500 fresh coronavirus cases, highest single-day spike since December 16 last year. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had requested the government to allow vaccinations for all; a similar request was made by Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.

As per centre’s new directives, all people above 45 years of age can get themselves vaccinated from April 1. More than 5.46 crore doses of vaccines have been administered since India began world’s biggest vaccination drive on January 16.

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