Coronavirus India Update: 3,52,991 new COVID-19 cases, 2812 deaths reported on Apr 26

Coronavirus India Update: 3,52,991 new COVID-19 cases, 2812 deaths reported on Apr 26 Representational Image Source: ANI

New Delhi: India reported 3,52,991 new COVID-19 cases pushing the total tally of the country to 1,73,13,163 cases on Monday. The new infections rose from the previous day high of 3,49,691 case reported on Sunday. While more than 2800 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 2812 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

The spurt in new cases, which are still above the 3-lakh mark, pushed the total number of infections to 1,73,13,163 cases in the country. With over 2,812 deaths, the death of the country rose to 1,95,123 lives lost till Monday. While a total of 28,13,658 active cases were reported on April 26.

The cases have been rising since mid-April and crossed the 3 Lakh mark within a week on Thursday and have stayed above 3-lakhs since April 22. The new infections have been staying above 200,000-mark since April 15. The country reported a high of 2,00,739 cases on 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 all over the country.

The recoveries in the country have stayed at almost the same levels, since last week, as roughly 2,17,000 people are discharged every day. The latest data shows, 2,19,272 people were discharged in the last 24 hours taking the total recoveries to 1,43,04,382 cases till Monday. These were up from a previous day tally of 2,17,113, marking a slight improvement.

The ratios in the country however show a very different picture. The active ratio on Monday was reported 16.25 per cent, a jump from the previous day’s 15.82 per cent, which hints that the infections may continue their upward swing in the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, despite a rise in discharge numbers, the discharge ratio has fallen to 82.62 per cent on Monday from  83.05 per cent recorded from the previous day. Another cause of worry is death ratio, which on Monday rose again to 1.15 per cent from 1.13 per cent recorded a day earlier. These ratios point to increase in mortalities in the coming days, due to comorbidities of COVID-19 infections.

On the vaccination front, a total of 14,19,11,223 doses have been administered in the country to date. India began its vaccination programme on January 16 and will commence its third phase of vaccine rollouts on May 1, for everyone who is above 18 years of age.

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