Single-day COVID-19 surge in India hits 1.26 lakh, highest yet

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New cases of COVID-19 hit a record high in India on Thursday, surpassing the 1.26 lakh mark in a single day.

According to the Union’s Health Ministry, the country has registered 1,26,789 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours. With this new outbreak, the total number of infections reached 1,29.28,574.

With 685 new COVID-related deaths in the past 24 hours, the toll in the country has risen to 166,862.

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Currently, there are 9,10,319 active cases in the country. As many as 59,258 people have been released or recovered from the disease during the same period.

The previous high was recorded on Wednesday when the country reported 1.15,736 new positive COVID cases in a single day. This is the third day India has reported more than one lakh case in a single day.

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According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 12,37,781 samples were tested for COVID-19 infection on Wednesday. With this, the total of samples tested in the country reached 25,26,77,379.

So far, 9,01,98,673 people have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the country.

From April 2, the government began to vaccinate all people over 45 years old. India began its vaccination campaign on January 16, with priority given to all health and frontline workers in the first phase. The second phase began on March 1 where doses were administered to people over 60 years of age and those between 45 and 59 years of age with specific comorbidities.

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(With ANI inputs)

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