Nearly 47,000 new COVID-19 cases, over 200 deaths reported in India

Fear of the second wave of looms large in as 46,951 new cases were reported within 24 hours, bringing the total tally to 11,646,081, according to the data issued on Monday by the health ministry.

Meanwhile, 212 more deaths recorded during the past 24 hours took the death toll to 159,967.

Both the numbers of new cases and additional deaths were the highest so far this year.

Last week Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, expressed concern at the sudden rise in cases, calling for immediate steps to curb a possible second wave of the pandemic in the country.

There were still 334,646 active cases in the country, while 11,151,468 people have been discharged so far from hospitals after medical treatment.

There was an increase of 25,559 active cases during the previous 24 hours, out of which a maximum of 19,122 cases were reported from the southwestern state of Maharashtra.

So far over 45 million people have been vaccinated across the country since the nationwide vaccination drive was kicked off on Jan. 16.

Meanwhile, the federal government has ramped up testing facilities across the country, as more than 234 million tests have been conducted so far.

The national capital Delhi, one of the most COVID-19 affected places in the country, has been witnessing comparatively a lower number of cases over past several months with 823 new cases and one death registered through Sunday.

The death toll of the national capital stood at 10,956. (Xinhua/)

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