India reports sharpest-ever rise in Covid-19 cases this week

India reports high of over 43,000 new Covid-19 cases for second day running. (Photo courtesy: Outlook)

(, Mar22’21) – The coronavirus is again rippling across India. Confirmed infections have risen to about 31,600 daily from a low of about 9,800 in February. In a recent two-week period, deaths from the virus shot up by 82%, reported the Mar 22 in its morning email briefing.

The country saw its sharpest-ever rise in cases this week, with recorded infections rising by 67% and the country logging 1 lakh cases more than the count in the previous week, noted the Mar 22. This week’s death toll from the virus too surged by 41% to a nine-week high of 1,239, although the fatality rate remained lower than earlier periods of comparable number of daily cases, the report added.

This morning, India recorded its highest single-day surge since mid-November, noted the PTI news agency Mar 22. It also saw its sharpest weekly Covid surge this morning, with cases being up 67%, according to another report Mar 22.

Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh accounted for 77.7 % of the new cases in the last 24 hours, report Mar 22 cited a press release by India’s Health Ministry as saying Mar 21.


The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 46,951 new Covid-19 cases and 212 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Mar 22 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,646,081 cases and 159,967 deaths respectively.

A total of 11,151,468, or 95.75%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 334,646, or 2.87% of the total. However, the case fatality has fallen to 1.37%.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 46,951, was substantially higher than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 21,180, leading to a big jump in the number of active cases by 25,559.

Eight states have reported more than 1,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (30,535), Punjab (2,644), Kerala (1,875), Karnataka (1,715), Gujarat (1,580), Madhya Pradesh (1,322), Tamil Nadu (1,289), and Chattisgarh (1,000).

Twelve more states/Union Territories have reported more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Haryana (867), Delhi (823), Uttar Pradesh (488), Rajasthan (476), West Bengal (422), Andhra Pradesh (368), Telangana (337), Chandigarh (239), Jammu and Kashmir (158), Himachal Pradesh (141), Uttarakhand (137), and Bihar (126). 

Ten states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (99), Punjab (44), Kerala (13), Tamil Nadu (9), Chattisgarh (10), Gujarat (7), Haryana (5), Madhya Pradesh (3), Goa (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.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 123,247,535 and the deaths 2,716,275, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 2:56 PM on Mar 22, 2021.


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