Fueling fresh worries, India on Friday (March 19) reported another surge in newer infections within 24 hours with the tally crossing 39000-mark. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of new cases rose to 39,726 new COVID19 cases while the number of deaths came down from 172 reported on March 18 to 154 deaths as of March 19. The number of people who have recovered and have been released from hospitals increased as well and the country reported 20,654 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
The statistics from the Health Ministry also added that the total number of cases in the country after plateauing has been steadily increasing and in the month of March has shown a sudden and steep upward swing. The total numbers of cases in the country now stand at 1,15,14,331, while the recoveries showing staggered increase reached 1,10,83,679 people, on Friday (March 19). The number of active cases, propelled by the sudden increase in new cases reached 2,71,282, across India. Meanwhile, the death toll in the country stood at 1,59,370.
While the country is battling with another wave of surge in COVID-19 cases, the number of vaccinations in the country has crossed 3.9 crores and now stands at 3,93,39,817 doses administered.The number of total doses administered rose by 22,02,861 vaccinations in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry.
According to the government data, five states of Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu are continuing to report a surge in the COVID daily new cases. In the wake of a sudden surge in daily cases, Maharashtra Government has imposed lockdown in certain areas of the state while Punjab has reimposed night curfew in Amritsar on March 18. The Centre has also sent high-level teams to as many as eight states to assist them with the COVID-19 situation.
India is currently the third most affected country behind the United States of America and Brazil with 29,665,641 cases and 11,780,820 cases respectively, according to Johns Hopkins Research Center.