Coronavirus India Update: Active cases in India crosses half a million mark after 68,000 new cases

March 29, 2021 | Updated 10:25 am

Coronavirus India Update: Active cases in India crosses half a million mark after 68,000 new cases Representative Image (Source: ANI)

New Delhi: India reported almost 68,020 cases in the last 24 hours as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The number of people recovered also saw a jump as 32,231 recoveries were reported by the Ministry. The number of deaths however remained near 300 in the country as 291 people lost their lives across India on Sunday.

The new rise in cases pushed the total case tally to 1,20,39,644. cases, while the recoveries rose to 1,13,55,993 patients being released in total so far. The death toll in the country rose above 1,61,500 as  1,61,843 people have succumbed to COVID-19 infection, data showed.

As per the data by the ministry, there are 5,21,808 active cases in the country after 68,020 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours.

The total number of doses administered in the country rose above 60 million on Monday as 6,05,30,435 doses have been administered, as per the Health Ministry data. Out of these 2,60,653 beneficiaries received their COVID-19 vaccines in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra reported 40,414 new cases of coronavirus infections and 108 deaths in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Sunday instructed senior officials of the State Health Department and the COVID task force to prepare for lockdown as people in the state continue to violate COVID-19 protocols.

Meanwhile, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has said that a second Covid lockdown in the national capital is “not a solution”.

“As of now, there is no possibility of another lockdown. We had tried it earlier with not much success. Experts had said that due to its 14-day cycle (of the infection), a 21-day lockdown would stop the spread of the virus but that did not happen. So for me, lockdown is no solution,” Jain had said on Saturday.

(With ANI inputs)