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India records 72,330 new coronavirus cases, biggest 1-day spike since early October

The huge spike in the coronavirus cases comes at a time when India enters third phase of the world's biggest inoculation drive. The vaccine will be given to the people aging 45 and more.

India has recorded the biggest daily surge in coronavirus cases since October last year with 72,330 fresh infections, taking the tally to 1,22,21,665 cases. Today’s surge is the highest since October 11 when 74,383 infections were recorded.

The huge spike in the coronavirus cases comes at a time when India enters third phase of the world’s biggest inoculation drive. The vaccine will be given to the people aging 45 and more.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit state and its Covid tally surged to 28,12,980 in the last 24 hours. The western state has recorded the higher number of cases ever since the pandemic broke out.

Karnataka, on the other hand reported 4,225 new cases of Covid-19, a surge of 42% compared to the previous 24 hours. In Bengaluru, around 500 children had tested positive for Covid in March.

Gujarat on Wednesday recorded 2,360 new cases of coronavirus, the highest single-day spike since the pandemic began.

So far, the country has administered 6 crore anti-Covid shots under a nationwide vaccination drive which began on 16 January. The first phase inoculated healthcare and frontline workers. The second phase which commenced on 1 March is underway for those who are above 60 years of age and for people aged 45 and above with specific co-morbid conditions. The country aims to vaccinate 30 crore people by July.

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Worldwide, the number of cases have surged to 12,88,63,830; 28,15,358 deaths have so far been recorded.

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