India records 1,300 new Covid cases, highest in 140 days

Mar 23, 2023 11:04 AM IST

India covid cases: The death toll has increased to 5,30,816 with three deaths.

India on Thursday recorded a single-day rise of 1,300 new Covid cases, the highest in 140 days, while the active cases have increased to 7,605, news agency PTI reported quoting Health ministry data.

A health worker collects a swab sample for Covid-19 test at the District Hospital in Noida.(Hindustan Times)
A health worker collects a swab sample for Covid-19 test at the District Hospital in Noida.(Hindustan Times)

The total tally of Covid-19 cases has now reached to 4.46 crore (4,46,99, 418). The death toll inched to 5,30,816 with three deaths, one each being reported by Karnataka, Gujarat and Maharashtra, the health ministry data revealed.

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The daily positivity rate is recorded as 1.46% while the weekly positivity was pegged at 1.08%.

The number recoveries has surged to 4,41,60,997 with the national recovery rate standing at 98.79%.

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A total 92.06 crore tests for detection of Covid has been conducted so far with 89,078 tests being conducted in the last 24 hours.

Prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a high-level meeting on Covid-19 and influenza to review the country’s response and preparedness to deal with a rising number of cases of influenza and a slight increase in the number of Covid-19 cases.

He stressed on the need to follow Covid-appropriate behavior and maintain respiratory hygiene. He also emphasized the need for lab surveillance, genome testing, and testing of all Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI) cases.

According to the ministry's website, 220.65 crore doses of Covid vaccine have been administered to the citizens.

(With inputs from PTI)

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