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COVID-19: India Records 53,480 New Cases, Biggest Spike in Deaths This Year

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A total of 354 fatalities were recorded with India having recorded 355 deaths on December 17 last year.
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New Delhi, March 31: As many as 53,480 new infections pushed India’s COVID-19 tally to 1,21,49,335, while 354 new fatalities, the highest single-day spike so far this year, took the death toll to 1,62,468, according to Union health ministry data updated on Wednesday.

The country had recorded 355 deaths on December 17 last year.

The active caseload increased to 5,52,566 and accounted for 4.55% of the total infections. The recovery rate further dropped to 94.11%, the ministry data updated at 8 am this morning, showed.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease rose to 1,14,34,301, while the case fatality rate stands at 1.34%, it stated.

India’s COVID-19 tally crossed the 20-lakh mark on August 7, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh 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 surpassed the one-crore mark on December 19.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research, 24,36,72,940 samples had been tested up to March 30 with 10,22,915 being tested on Tuesday.

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