People in protective masks stand in line at a railway station in Mumbai, April 9, 2021. Photo: Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas
New Delhi: With a record 1,45,384 fresh cases, India’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,32,05,926, the health ministry said on Saturday.
The number of active cases has breached the 10-lakh mark again after around six-and-a-half months. A five-month high of 794 deaths brought the toll to 168,436.
Registering a steady increase for the 31st day in a row, the number of active coronavirus cases in the country has gone up to 10,46,631, accounting for 7.93% of its total caseload, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 90.80%.
The active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12, accounting for only 1.25% of the total number of cases in the country.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease has surged to 1,19,90,859, while the case fatality rate has further dropped to 1.28%, the data stated.
India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7 last year, the 30-lakh mark on August 23, the 40-lakh mark on September 5 and the 50-lakh mark on September 16. It went past 60 lakh on September 28, 70 lakh on October 11, 80 lakh on October 29, 90 lakh on November 20 and the one-crore mark on December 19.
Several states have announced over the last few days that they are witnessing a vaccine shortage. Most recently, Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, requesting another 30 lakh doses immediately. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are also reportedly facing shortages.
(With agency inputs)