On Friday, the Union Health Ministry said, "As many as 81,466 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload in the country to 1,23,03,131."
As per the gathered reports, this is the highest number of cases the country has reported in the last six months. Last year, on October 1, about 81,000 cases got reported.
Till date, Maharashtra is at the top at getting infected the most. On Thursday, the state reported the highest daily fresh cases at 39,544. Chhattisgarh has reported 4,563 fresh cases, while Karnataka reported 4,225 fresh cases.
In the last 24 hours near about 469 more people succumbed to the disease across the country, this is the highest in around four months. Last year on December 5, 2020, the county has reported 482 fatalities.
The cumulative death toll because of Covid-19 in India stands at 1,63,396. 50,356 more people also recuperated from the disease between Thursday and Friday. The total number of recoveries till date is 1,15,25,039.
As a result, there are 6,14,696 active cases across the country currently, zooming past the six-lakh mark in tally yet again. On Monday, the active tally had breached the five-lakh mark.
On Thursday, the Ministry said, "Five states — Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, and Punjab — are continuing to show a steep rise in Covid-19 cases and accounted for 78.9% of the total active infections."
India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakhs on 23 August, 40 lakhs on 5 September, and 50 lakhs on 16 September. It went past 60 lakhs on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November, and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), "India has so far tested 24,59,12,587 samples for Covid-19. Out of these, 11,13,966 samples were tested on Thursday."
Till date, the country has 6,87,89,138 anti-Covid jabs. The inoculation drive in India was rolled out on 16 January with healthcare workers getting inoculated and vaccination of the frontline workers, which was started on 2 February.
After that, the next phase of Covid-19 vaccination begun on 1 March for people who are above 60 years of age and for people 45 years old and above with specified comorbid conditions.
From Thursday, India extended the drive to include everybody aged 45 and above.
The Center has kept all public and private sector Covid-19 vaccination centers (CVCs) operational throughout April, including on gazetted holidays. Because of Expand in the number of people getting inoculated.
The Union health ministry has written, "to all states and union territories on Thursday and asked them to make necessary arrangements for this to optimally utilize all vaccination centers across the public and private sectors to ensure a rapid increase in the pace and coverage of Covid inoculation."
The Health Ministry said, "This decision is in line with the graded and pro-active approach employed by the government of India along with the states and union territories for Covid-19 vaccination."