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Monday, 10 May 2021 4.14 AM IST

With 1.68 lakh new infections, COVID cases in India hit record daily high since outbreak of pandemic

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NEW DELHI: Coronavirus cases in India hit a record daily high since the outbreak of the pandemic with 1,68,912 new infections pushing the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,35,27,717.

This is the sixth consecutive day when one-day spike in coronavirus cases crossed the 1-lakh mark in the country which is hit by the second wave of COVID-19.

The death toll due to the disease has increased to1,70,179 with 904 more people succumbing to the disease , according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Monday. This is the highest death count reported in a day since March 31.

The active cases breached the 12-lakh mark for the first time since the outbreak of the pandemic. The lowest active caseload was 1,35,926 on February 12 and the highest was 11,08,087 on Apr 11.

The total number of cured COVID-19 patients climbed to 1,21,56,529 with 75,086 people recovering from the disease in the last 24 hours.

The alarming surge in COVID cases has forced many states to impose several fresh restrictions and enforce night curfew to curb the spread of the disease.

As per ICMR, a total of 25,78,06,986 samples have beeb tested so far including 11,80,136 samples tested on Sunday.

On Sunday, a four-day ‘Tika Utsav’ or vaccine festival was launched across the country – hit by the second wave of COVID-19 – with an aim to inoculate maximum number of eligible people against the coronavirus.

Central teams have reported non-adherence of COVID-19 appropriate behaviour in almost all of the 50 most-affected districts in Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh and Punjab.

On the basis of feedback from the teams, the ministry has written to the states highlighting the areas of concern, including sub-optimal containment operations and contact tracing, skewed testing and shortage of health workers. Authorities need to work in these areas, it said.

Of the 50 districts most affected by COVID-19, 30 are in Maharashtra, 11 in Chhattisgarh and nine in Punjab, the ministry said.

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