Latest News Highlights: India Records 59,118 New Infections, 257 Deaths In 24 Hours

Latest News Highlights: The 59,118 new infections reported in a span of 24 hours were the highest since October 18, 2020.

Latest News Highlights: India Records 59,118 New Infections, 257 Deaths In 24 Hours

Highlights: The active caseload breached the 4 lakh-mark again after around three-and-half months.

New Delhi:

India saw 59,118 new coronavirus infections in a day, the highest single day rise so far this year, taking the nationwide COVID-19 tally to 1,18,46,652, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The active caseload breached the 4 lakh-mark again after around three-and-half months.

Registering an increase for the 16th day in row, the active cases have increased to 4,21,066 comprising 3.55 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 95.09 per cent, the data stated.

The 59,118 new infections reported in a span of 24 hours were the highest since October 18, 2020. The death count increased to 1,60,949 with 257 daily new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.
As many as 61,871 new infections were recorded in a span of 24 hours on October 18.

The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,12,64,637, while the case fatality rate was recorded at 1.36 per cent, the data stated.

Meanwhile,  As farmers protesting against three contentious agricultural laws hold an all-India strike - Bharat Bandh - today to mark four months of their agitation at Delhi's borders, demonstrations have affected rail and road traffic. Four trains were cancelled and more than 30 trains were stopped over agitations near railway stations in Delhi, Chandigarh, Firozpur and Amritsar. 

Demonstrations were also reported at National Highway-9 near one of three protest epicenters in the national capital - the Ghazipur border. Policemen have set up barricades to block the movement of protesters. The farmers' protest at the Delhi borders started on November 26 at three epicenters- Singhu border, Ghazipur and Tikri. 

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Mar 26, 2021 10:30 (IST)
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Mar 26, 2021 09:26 (IST)
A group of protesters sing and dance at Ghazipur border (Delhi-UP) during 12-hour 'Bharat Bandh' called by Samyukt Kisan Morcha against Centre's Farm Laws.
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Mar 26, 2021 09:09 (IST)
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Mar 26, 2021 06:02 (IST)
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"Nearly 1,400 cases have been reported in Bengaluru (on Wednesday), which is the highest in the last 4 months. There is a spike in cases every day. It is increasingly found in passengers arriving in the city from other states," he said.

"As of now, the restriction is for Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Chandigarh. But now going forward, it is applicable to all states," he added.

To distinguish those exposed to the virus, it has been decided to hand-stamp the infected people, he added.
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