COVID-19: India reports nearly 40K new cases, 154 die

New Delhi, Mar 19: India on Friday recorded a whopping 39,726 new cases of COVID-19 during the past 24 hours, pushing the country caseload to 1,15,14,331, while the death toll soared to 1,59,370 with 154 more fatalities.

According to the Union Health Ministry, the active cases rose by 18,918 to stand at 2,71,282. It is now 2.20 per cent of the total caseload.

The past 24 hours saw 20,654 people recovering from the deadly virus, taking the total recovery count to 1.10,83,679, which is 96.41 per cent of the case tally. The fatality rate stood at 1.39 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 23,13,70,546 lakh samples have been tested so far for coronavirus. Out of this, 10,57,383 were tested in the past one day.

On the vaccination front, a total of 3,89,20,259 vaccine doses have been administered till 1900 hrs Thursday.


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