Nation witnesses 18,599 new Covid cases, 97 more deaths

The recovery rate has dropped further to 96.91 per cent

Nation witnesses 18,599 new Covid cases, 97 more deaths

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New Delhi, March 8

New cases of coronavirus infection in India were recorded above 18,000 for the third consecutive day taking the total tally of Covid cases to 1,12,29,398, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday.

The active cases also registered an increase for the sixth consecutive day and the Covid active caseload increased to 1,88,747 which now comprises 1.68 per cent of the total infections.

86 per cent new Covid cases in 6 states

The recovery rate has dropped further to 96.91 per cent, the data stated.

A total of 18,599 new infections were registered in a day, while the death toll increased to 1,57,853 with 97 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. 

On January 29, 18,855 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to1,08,82,798 which translates to a national Covid recovery rate of  96.91 per cent, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.41 per cent.

According to the ICMR, 22,19,68,271 samples have been tested up to March 7 with 5,37,764 samples being tested on Sunday.

The 97 new fatalities include 38 from Maharashtra, 17 from Punjab and 13 from Kerala.

A total of 1,57,853 deaths have been reported so far in the country including 52,478 from Maharashtra, followed by 12,518  from Tamil Nadu, 12,362 from Karnataka, 10,921 from Delhi, 10,278 from West Bengal, 8,737 from Uttar Pradesh and 7,174 from Andhra Pradesh. PTI

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