India's COVID-19 tally crosses 18 million

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NEW DELHI, April 29: India's COVID-19 tally surpassed 18 million, reaching 18,376,524 on Thursday, as a fresh high of 379,257 new cases were recorded during the past 24 hours, said the federal health ministry.

As many as 3,645 deaths reported across the country since Wednesday morning, also the highest daily spike, took the total death toll to 204,832.

There are still a total of 3,084,814 active cases in the country, with an increase of 106,105 in the past 24 hours, as 15,086,878 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals so far.

The COVID-19 figures continue to peak in the country, but the federal government has ruled out imposing a complete lockdown. The capital Delhi has been put under a second successive week-long lockdown till May 3.

The number of daily active cases has been on the rise over the past few weeks, after once coming down to below 10,000 in January.

So far over 150 million vaccination doses have been administered to the people across the country, since the nationwide inoculation drive started in January.

Online registration began on Wednesday for vaccinating people aged above 18, which will start from May 1. This would be the third phase of COVID-19 vaccination.

Meanwhile, the federal government has ramped up COVID-19 testing facilities, as 284,471,979 tests have been conducted till Wednesday, according to the latest data issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research on Thursday.

The national capital Delhi, one of the most COVID-19 affected places in the country, witnessed over 25,986 new cases and 368 deaths through Wednesday. As many as 15,377 people have died in the national capital due to COVID-19, confirmed Delhi's health department.

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