COVID-19 latest updates: India reports 14,989 new cases, 98 fresh fatalities in last 24 hours
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India's total tally of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,11,39,516 with 14,989 new infections, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The death toll increased to 1,57,346 with 98 daily new fatalities, the Union Health Ministry data showed. The active cases were recorded above 1.7 lakh after a month. The COVID-19 active caseload has increased to 1,70,126 which comprises 1.53 per cent of the total infections, the data stated.

As per the Health Ministry, a total of 1,56,20,749 people in the country have been vaccinated against COVID-19. The second round of the nation-wide vaccination drive is currently underway, and several national leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,08,12,044 which translates to a national COVID-19 recovery rate of 97.06 per cent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.41 per cent.

According to the ICMR, 21,84,03,277 samples have been tested up to March 2 with 7,85,220 samples being tested on Tuesday.

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.

Total cases: 1,11,39,516

Total discharges: 1,08,12,044

Death toll: 1,57,346

Active cases: 1,70,126

Total vaccination: 1,56,20,749

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