India records 18,327 new COVID-19 infections, active cases rise again
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India records 18,327 new COVID-19 infections, active cases rise again

India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the one crore-mark on December 19.

According to the Union Health Ministry’s daily report, India's COVID-19 cases rose to 1,11,92,088 with over 18,000 fresh cases being reported in 24 hours. Active cases registered a consecutive increase for the fourth day on Saturday and were recorded at 1,80,304.

On January 29, 18,855 new infections were recorded in 24 hours after which the daily rise in fresh cases remained below 18,000. Meanwhile, the death toll reached 1,57,656 with 108 more fatalities, while a total of 18,327 new cases were registered in a day, the ministry's data showed. The new fatalities include 53 from Maharashtra, 16 from Kerala, and 11 from Punjab.

The COVID-19 active caseload has increased to 1,80,304 which now comprises 1.61 per cent of the total infections. India's COVID-19 tally had crossed the one crore-mark on December 19.

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The Indian Council of Medical Research's (ICMR) website mentions that 22,06,92,677 samples have been tested till March 5, with 7,51,935 samples being tested on Friday.

A total of1,57,656 deaths have been reported so far in the country, including 52,393 from Maharashtra followed by 12,513 from Tamil Nadu,12,354 from Karnataka, 10,918 from Delhi, 10,275 from West Bengal,8,729 from Uttar Pradesh, and 7,172 from Andhra Pradesh. The Health Ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.

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"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.

(With Inputs from PTI)

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