India reports year’s highest Covid-19 cases this morning

People taking covid-19 test in Delhi. (Photo courtesy: New Express News)

(, Mar24’21) – The active Covid-19 caseload in India has increased for the 14th day in row and has corresponded with dropping recovery rate, reported the PTI news service Mar 24, citing the country’s health ministry data updated at 8 am today.

India has also recorded this morning its highest single-day rise in cases so far this year.

With cases rising also in UP, Bihar and Odisha, the Covid surge now covers the whole of India, barring Kerala and the northeast, reported the Mar 24.

As many as 12 states have reported their highest single-day counts of new cases since January or earlier, with Gujarat recording its highest-ever count of 1,730.

Maharashtra alone accounts for 62.7% of the total 3.5 lakh active cases across the country. However, the numbers are largely driven by Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab which accounted for 75.2% of total active cases, the report said.

Citing official data, the report also said that with rapid rise in cases in the country, the case-doubling time had steadily worsened to 202.3 days on Mar 22, which is less than half of 504.4 days on Mar 1.


The latest data from India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare show that there were 47,262 new Covid-19 cases and 275 new deaths in the country in the past 24 hours as of Mar 24 at 8 AM, taking their cumulative totals to 11,734,058 cases and 160,441 deaths respectively.

A total of 11,205,160, or 95.49%, had recovered while the number of active cases was 368,457, or 3.14% of the total. The case fatality stands at 1.37%.

The latest daily number of new cases, at 47,262, was substantially higher than the daily number of those who had recovered, at 23,907, leading to a big jump in the number of active cases by 23,907.

Nine states have reported more than 1,000 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (28,669), Punjab (2,254), Karnataka (2,010), Kerala (1,985), Chattisgarh (1,910), Gujarat (1,730), Madhya Pradesh (1,502), Tamil Nadu (1,437), and and Delhi (1,101).

Eleven more states/Union Territories have reported more than 100 new cases in the last 24 hours, namely Haryana (895), Uttar Pradesh (633), Andhra Pradesh (492), Rajasthan (480), Telangana (430), West Bengal (404), Chandigarh (214), Himachal Pradesh (157), Jammu and Kashmir (157), Jharkhand (130), and Odisha (113).

Twelve states have reported 3 or more Covid-19 deaths each in the last 24 hours, namely Maharashtra (132), Punjab (53), Chattisgarh (20), Kerala (10), Tamil Nadu (9), Karnataka (5), Delhi (4), Rajasthan (4), Gujarat (4), Uttar Pradesh (4), Madhya Pradesh (4), Himachal Pradesh (4), Haryana (3), and Goa (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 total of Covid-19 cases among Tibetans in India, Nepal and Bhutan has remained unchanged at 1,635. Of them 1,556 had recovered, 33 were active and 46 had died, according to the tally of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) as of Mar 24.


Across the world the number of Covid-19 cases totaled 124,260,618 and the deaths 2,735,531, according to the tally of Johns Hopkins University as of 2:56 PM on Mar 24, 2021.


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