India reports sharpest daily rise in Covid-19 cases since Jan 29

India concerned at rising covid-19 cases in its south, northeast. (Photo courtesy: Reuters)

(, Feb25’21) – Amid fears that it may be headed for second wave of Covid-19 infections, India has reported rather sharp increases this morning in the numbers of new cases and deaths over the past 24 hours. The daily rise in new cases has been the highest since Jan 29, reported Feb 25.

Daily new cases in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, which also has the highest number of active cases, has continued to increase over the past 10 days, reported the Feb 25. The state reported over 8,800 new cases this morning.

And at 200, capital Delhi has recorded 200 new cases on Feb 24, the highest in 26 days, said another report Feb 25.

The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 16,738 new Covid-19 cases and 138 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Feb 25 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,046,914 cases and 156,705 deaths respectively.

A total of 10,738,501, or 97.21%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 151,708, or 1.37% of the total. The case fatality remained at 1.42%. Except for the unchanged fatality rate, the percentage figures for both the recoveries and active cases have worsened over those of the previous day.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 16,738 was more than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 11,799, leading to a sharp increase in the number of active cases by 4,801.

Thirteen states – same number as yesterday – have reported more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (8,807), Kerala (4,106), Punjab (558), Tamil Nadu (463), Gujarat (380), Madhya Pradesh (344), Karnataka (334), Chattisgarh (247), Telangana (207), West Bengal (202), Delhi (200), Haryana (130), and Uttar Pradesh (128).

Eight states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (80), Kerala (17), Punjab (7), Tamil Nadu (6), Karnataka (6), Chattisgarh (4), Uttar Pradesh (3) and West Bengal (3). The rest of the states have reported 2 or less deaths.

India is currently the country with the world’s second highest number of Covid-19 cases and the fourth highest number of deaths in cumulative numbers.


The cumulative number of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has remained unchanged for the third day at 1,532. Of them 1,459 had recovered, 32 were active and 41 had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) as of Feb 25.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 112,554,307 and the deaths 2,497,814, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 12:53 PM on Feb 25, 2021.


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