32 Covid deaths in Punjab; Around 40,000 new cases in a day across India


India saw 39,726 new coronavirus infections being reported in a day, the highest single day rise recorded so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally of cases to 1,15,14,331, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The 154 new fatalities include 58 from Maharashtra, 32 from Punjab and 15 from Kerala.

The numbers are repeating, as 41,810 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on November 29 last year.

The daily rise in infections (39,726) was the highest recorded in 110 days, while the death toll increased to 1,59,370 with 154 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

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Registering an increase for the ninth day in a row, the total active caseload has reached 2,71,282, which now comprises 2.36 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 96.26 per cent, the data stated.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,10,83,679, the data stated.

“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.

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