People gather outside an entrance gate of a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination centre in Mumbai on 28 April 2021
People gather outside an entrance gate of a Covid-19 coronavirus vaccination centre in Mumbai on 28 April 2021AFP

Witnessing a continuous surge in coronavirus infections across the country, India reported over 360,000 fresh Covid-19 cases and close to 3,300 related deaths in the last 24 hours, its biggest single-day hike since the onset of the pandemic.

A total of 360,960 new Covid-19 cases, 3,293 related deaths and 261,162 recoveries were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total active cases to 2,978,709, as per the health ministry update on Wednesday morning.

The total count of positive cases now stands at 17,997,267 whereas the death toll has soared up to 201,187 deaths. A total of 14,817,371 people have recovered so far from the disease.

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According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 282,703,789 samples have been tested for Covid-19 up to 27 April. Of these 1,723,912 samples were tested on Tuesday.

The total doses of the Covid-19 vaccine administered stand at over 147,827,367, informed the health ministry.

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