New Delhi: After recording more than 4-lakh COVID cases for four consecutive day till Sunday, India reported more than 3,48,000 new infections in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare the country recorded 3,48,421 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday morning. A significant increase of nearly 18,000 cases was seen from a previous day high of 3,29,942 infections on May 11.
These new COVID-19 cases has pushed the country’s total tally to 2,33,40,938 in the country as on May 12.
As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, more than 4,200 deaths were reported in India. As per the ministry, as many as 4205 mortalities were reported, an increase from previous day in the last 24 hours. On Tuesday, 3,876 deaths due to the novel coronavirus was reported. With more than 4,200 deaths the total death tally in the country rose to 2,54,197 lives lost to date.
The spurt in new cases crossed the 4-lakh mark in the country on April 30. The cases have been rising since mid-April and had crossed the 3 Lakh mark within a week. The new infections have been staying above 200,000-mark since April 15. The new cases have been increasing at an alarming pace since the country broke the one lakh case barrier on April 4 when it reported 1,03,558 new COVID-19 cases. Within a fortnight, the numbers have doubled, sounding alarm bells throughout the country as medical infrastructure, doctors and patients grapple with resource crunch.
On the recovery side, 3,55,338 discharges were recorded in the last 24 hours, Ministry of health data showed on Wednesday morning. The data points that there was a slight decrease in discharges from the previous day. The total number of patients that have been discharged stood at 1,93,82,642 cases in the country on May 12.
The country also saw a slight dip in active cases from the previous day. From a total of 37,15,221 active cased logged on Tuesday, the country recorded 37,04,099 active cases on the early hours of Wednesday.
On the vaccination front, a total of 17,52,35,991 doses have been administered in the country to date. India began its vaccination programme on January 16 and has begun its third phase of vaccine rollouts on May 1, for everyone who is above 18 years of age.