India reports 35,871 fresh cases, highest spike since December

With a huge spike of 35,871 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily rise since early December, India continues to see a surge in Covid caseload.

The death count due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,59,216 in the country with 172 more fatalities reported in a 24-hour period, the ministry’s data updated at 8 am showed.

The government yesterday said a total of 70 districts in 16 states have seen an increase of more than 150 per cent active cases between March 1 and 15. Amid a worrying rise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday held a meeting with chief ministers.

Decisive steps like management of micro-containment zones and strict enforcement of restrictions were necessary to stop what he called the “emerging second peak” of Covid. More than 1.14 crore cases have been recorded by India so far; 1.59 lakh people have died.