Nation sees more than 20,000 Covid cases for sixth consecutive day

131 more deaths reported

Nation sees more than 20,000 Covid cases for sixth consecutive day

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New Delhi, March 16

India recorded 24,492 new Covid cases, registering more than 20,000 cases for the sixth day in a row, taking the infection tally past 1.14 crore, the Union health ministry said on Tuesday.

The total cases in the country rose to 1,14,09,831, while the death toll increased to 1,58,856, with 131 fresh fatalities, the ministry data updated at 8 am showed. 

Registering a spike in cases for the sixth day in a row, the total active caseload has increased to 2,23,432, which now comprises 1.96 per cent of the total infections. The recovery rate has further dropped to 96.65 per cent, it said.

As many as 26,624 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on December 20.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,10,27,543, while the case fatality rate dropped to 1.39 per cent, the data stated.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research,  22,82,80,763 samples have been tested up to March 15, with 8,73,350 samples being tested on Monday. PTI

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