On Saturday, 24,882 fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported within the country. This single-day spike in the number of infections is the year’s highest so far. Along with this, the total number of people infected by the virus has risen to 1,13,33,728 in India.
According to the data provided by the Union Ministry of Health, Saturday’s number of new cases has been recorded as the highest in the last 83 days. Earlier on December 20, 2020; 26,624 people were found COVID-19 positive in 24 hours. On Saturday, 140 patients succumbed to the virus taking the total tally of fatality to 1,58,446.
Furthermore, around 2,02,022 patients are presently undergoing treatment in the country, which is only 1.74% of the total infected people. At the same time, due to this increase in new cases, the country’s rate of recovery has also declined to 96.82%. According to the ministry, the number of people who recovered from COVID-19 in the country has increased to 1,09,73,260. Whereas, the death rate among the infected is currently 1.40%.
As of August 7 last year, the total number of infected people in the country stood at 20 lakhs, which reached 30 lakhs by the 23rd of August. Further by September 5, this figure crossed 40 lakhs and by September 28, 60 lakh cases were reported. Then by October 29, a whopping 8 million cases of COVID-19 were reported and finally by 19 December the tally passed over one crore. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), so far 22,58,39,273 samples in the country have been tested for COVID-19.
As the COVID-19 continues to spread within the country, even the safest places like Andaman and Nicobar Islands are now starting to report fresh cases. In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the total cases of infection have risen to 5,029. On Saturday, an official of the Health Department informed that the infection was detected in a person on Friday after a gap of two days. So far, 62 patients have deceased due to the pandemic in the Union Territory. The official further informed that 4,961 patients have been cured so far and six patients are undergoing treatment.