NEW DELHI: Even as new cases of Covid-19 are increasing rapidly, on the brighter side, the number of recovered people crossed the one lakh-mark on Wednesday to touch 1,00,303 or 48.31% of those infected by the Sars-Cov-2 virus.

The number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 2,07,615 with yet another biggest single-day spike as 8,909 fresh cases and 217 deaths were recorded by the health ministry on Wednesday. The death toll has gone up to 5,815. There were 1,01,497 active Covid-19 cases in the country, the ministry said.

“We are expecting cases to increase as restrictions are gradually being lifted. While containment exercise will continue, it is a relief that recovery rate is improving fast and deaths are limited. Our focus is to keep death rate as low as possible. Increasing number of recoveries shows that our strategy of early detection and clinical management is right,” a health ministry official said.

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According to ministry data, Maharashtra has reported 72,300 cases so far, followed by Tamil Nadu with 24,586 cases and Delhi with 22,132. Of the 5,815 deaths across the country, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 2,465, followed by Gujarat and Delhi.

As on Wednesday, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had tested 41.03 lakh samples for Covid-19, while 1.37 lakh samples were tested in the last 24 hours.

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