COVID-19 latest updates: India records 16,738 new cases, 138 fresh fatalities in last 24 hours
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The daily rise in coronavirus infections in India was recorded above 15,000 after nearly a month, taking the country's total tally of COVID-19 cases to 1,10,46,914, according to the Union Health Ministry data on Thursday.

A total of 16,738 infections were reported in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,56,705 with 138 daily new fatalities, the Union Health Ministry data showed. On January 29, 18,855 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours after which it stayed below 15,000.

The number of people who have recovered surged to 1,07,38,501, which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.21 per cent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.42 per cent. The active caseload increased to 1,51,708, which comprises 1.37 per cent of the total infections, the data stated.

As per the Health Ministry, 1,26,71,163 vaccine doses have been given so far. The countrywide vaccination drive was rolled out on January 16, 2021. The vaccination of the frontline workers started on February 2.

According to the ICMR, 21,38,29,658 samples have been tested up to February 24 with 7,93,383 samples being tested on Wednesday.

Total cases: 1,10,46,914

Total discharged: 1,07,38,501

Death toll: 1,56,705

Active cases: 1,51,708

Total vaccinated: 1,26,71,163

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