India's active covid cases breach 11-lakh mark for 1st time


People give swab samples for coronavirus testing at a mobile COVID-19 testing centre, in New Delhi -Photo: IANS

DELHI, April 12 (The Statesman/ANN): Active Covid-19 cases in India breached the 11 lakh-mark for the first time after a record high of 1.52 lakh new infections while a massive vaccination push, dubbed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the beginning of another major war against coronavirus, was launched on Sunday in a bid to curb the surge.

Until now, the active caseload was at its lowest at 1,35,926 on February 12 this year and at its highest at 10,17,754 on September 18,2020.

Amidst an unprecedented burden on health infrastructure in 15 states and Delhi, which are witnessing an upward trajectory, authorities have started reserving more Covid hospitals and taking steps to address any shortage of medical supplies, besides enhancing curbs on the movement of people. India’s tally of Covid- 19 cases climbed to 1,33,58,805, and the death toll increased to 1,69,275 with 839 daily new fatalities, the highest since October 18,2020, the data updated by the Union health ministry on Sunday morning showed.

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