India records 1,038 COVID-19 deaths, new cases cross 200,000 for the first time
Migrant workers returning from from Maharashtra, amid fears of a lockdown, waiting in a queue at Patna railway station to undergo tests for COVID-19, on April 14, 2021. Aftab Alam Siddiquii/IANS

India records 1,038 COVID-19 deaths, new cases cross 200,000 for the first time

New Delhi, April 15, 2021

India today recorded 1,038 deaths due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the last 24 hours even as the number of new cases of infection crossed the 200,000-mark for the first time in a single day as the rapid spread of the pandemic in several States continued to be a cause of serious concern across the country.

At 1,038, the number of deaths was the highest in a 24-hour period since October 3, 2020 when 1,069 deaths were reported.

This is the second consecutive day that the country has registered more than 1,000 deaths. Yesterday, the country had recorded 1,027 deaths.

The number of new cases of infections, at 200,739 is the highest since the outbreak of the pandemic in the country in late January last year. It is the first time that the number has crossed the 200,000-mark. The country had logged 184,372 new cases yesterday.

With Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Punjab and some other States reporting a sudden surge in the number of cases in recent days, the country has logged more than a lakh new cases of infection in 24 hours for the tenth time in 11 days today. The number remained above 150,000 for the fifth consecutive day today.

The highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 in a single day in the country -- 1,290 -- was reported on September 16 last year.

Of the 200,739 new cases of infection reported in the country in the last 24 hours, Maharashtra -- the worst-hit State -- accounted for 58,952 cases.

Among the other States, Delhi reported 17,282 fresh cases of infection and Chhattisgarh 14,250.

Maharashtra also accounted for 278 of the 1,038 deaths. Delhi reported 104 deaths in the last 24 hours, Chhattisgarh 73 and Punjab 63.

Gujarat registered 7,410 new cases of infection and 73 deaths in the last 24 hours.

With the latest numbers put out this morning by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, the death toll in the country so far has risen to 173,123 while the total number of cases of infection, since the first case was registered in late January last year, has surged past 14 million to 14,074,564.

The number of those who have recovered from COVID-19 rose to 12,429,564 as of this morning, up 93,528 from yesterday. The recovery rate has dropped to 88.31% from 88.91% yesterday.

The number of active cases went up by a whopping 106,173 in the last 24 hours to 1,471,877 --- the highest since the pandemic began in India.

The active caseload has been rising after February 12 this year, when it had touched its lowest mark of 135,926 in recent months.

The Health Ministry said that a total of 13,84,549 samples were tested in the last 24 hours. So far, 26,20,03,415 samples have been tested in the country.

According to the government data, a total of 33,13,848 people were also vaccinated in the same period, taking the total inoculation count to 11,44,93,238.

The world has reported a total of 138.276 million cases of COVID-19 so far while the global death toll has climbed past 2.973 million as of this morning, according to data compiled by the Johns Hopkins University in the United States, which is tracking the pandemic.

India ranks second in the world in terms of the total number of infections so far, behind the United States (31.421 million) and ahead of Brazil (13.673 million).

In terms of the number of deaths, the country now ranks fourth after the US (564,402), Brazil (361,884) and Mexico (210,812).


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