New Delhi: Amid a worrying upward trend, India registered 12,286 new coronavirus cases and 91 fatalities in the last 24 hours, which pushed the overall infection tally and death toll to 1,11,24,527 and 1,57,248, respectively, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The positivity rate has on the rise, pushing it to 1.51 per cent.
As per the Ministry’s data, there are currently 1,68,358 active cases after 12,464 patients were discharged in a day.
According to experts, a number of possibilities which could be attributed to the concerning situation ranging from lax attitude of people towards following Covid protocols to the likeability of “mutations and new strains”, as has been studied by the laboratories involved in virus detection across the country.
In mid February, officials had said that the average daily new infections oscillated between 9,000 to 12,000, while the deaths were between 78 to 120.
On February 9, India had reported 9,110 new cases, the lowest this year so far. In 2020, the lowest 9,633 cases were recorded on June 3.