62,258 New COVID-19 Cases, Biggest One-Day Spike in Over 5 Months

The death toll increased by 291 to 1,61,240.

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COVID-19 cases, death numbers in India. Image used for representational purposes. 

India on Saturday, 27 March, reported 62,258 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally in the country to 1,19,08,910. The death toll increased by 291 to 1,61,240.

This the biggest one-day rise in cases since 16 October.

According to the Union Health Ministry data, there are currently 4,52,647 active cases across the country. A total of 1,12,95,023 patients have been discharged so far, with 30,386 discharges reported in the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, more than 5.8 crore vaccine doses have been administered since India’s inoculation drive began on 16 January.

India's coronavirus curve had been steadily declining after reaching a peak of 90,000-plus cases in September. However, cases started increasing again rapidly last month, with Maharashtra leading the surge.

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