This is the highest-ever daily surge since the pandemic began.
India reported yet another fresh high of 217,353 new COVID-19 cases, as the daily spike surpassed 200,000 for the second consecutive day, taking the total tally to 14,291,917, according to the data released by the federal health ministry Friday. Total cases reached almost 14.3 million, second only to the United States which has reported more than 31 million infections.
India's 10 states on Saturday accounted for 85.83 per cent of the new deaths in which Maharashtra, Delhi and Chhattisgarh reported more than half of the total number registered in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, 1,185 people died from COVID-19 since Thursday morning, bringing the death toll to 174,308.
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On November 18 a year ago, the city had recorded 131 COVID-19 deaths, which was the highest single-day fatality count in Delhi till April 15 since the start of the pandemic.
India recorded 2,17,353 daily coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours as states face shortages of hospital beds, oxygen, medicines and vaccine doses, on Friday (April 16). The National Capital's cumulative tally has swelled to 8,03,623.
Gujarat, another badly affected state, added 8,920 new cases and 94 deaths to its tally. Till now, 5,170 have died.
Cases and fatalities mounted relentlessly across Pune district, which reported more than 11,000 new cases to take its total case tally to 7,00,319.
From reporting less than 10,000 cases per day earlier this year, India has been the world's worst-hit country since April 2 by new daily cases, with the government blaming here a widespread failure to heed curbs on movement and social interaction. All three states registered the highest daily spike in the number of coronavirus cases since the outbreak of the pandemic past year. Out of the new cases, 9,917 were reported from Bengaluru Urban alone.