India sees world's highest single day spike in COVID-19 cases; sets domestic record with 2,104 deaths
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India's COVID-19 tally continues to rise, breaking new records along the way. For the first time ever, the single day case tally crossed the three lakh mark, with 3,14,835 new cases being recorded in the last 24 hours. This incidentally is the highest single day case load recorded by any country in the world. At the same time, the rising death toll set a record of its own, with a whopping 2,104 people succumbing to the deadly virus.

As per data released by the Health Ministry on Thursday morning, India presently has 22,91,428 active cases, with 13454880 people having been discharged till date, while 184657 others have passed away. In recent days, many have alleged that the numbers are being fudged in some areas, sparking concerns that the situation might be even grimmer than believed.

While Maharashtra continues to lead the charts by sheer volume of active cases, Delhi has now emerged as the worst affected city in India. As of Thursday morning, Maharashtra had nearly seven lakh active cases. Several other states including Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh have over one lakh active cases. As per the Health Ministry, five states account for 60% of India’s total active caseload.

In the meantime, India's vaccination drive continues to gain momentum, with the cumulative vaccination coverage exceeding 13.23 crores. Eight states account for 59.25% of the cumulative doses given so far in the country.

As per the Health Ministry, the National Mortality Rate has been falling and currently stands at 1.16%. While 2,104 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, 10 states accounted for 81.08% of them. At 568, Maharashtra saw the maximum casualties, followed by Delhi at 249. Nine states and union territories have not reported any COVID19 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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