Photos: India reports 53,480 new cases of Covid-19

  • India reported 53,480 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) on March 31. 354 people also died of the viral infection which pushed the death toll to 1,62,468. The number of active cases went up by 11,846, and currently stand at 5,52,566. Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of active cases with 27,918 new Covid-19 cases and 139 deaths reported on March 31, with which the state’s cumulative count of Covid-19 infections surged to 2,773,436 and the death toll mounted to 54,422.
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A health worker shows a swab sample collected for Covid-19 test, at New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), on March 30. According to the Union health ministry, India's coronavirus disease tally went up to 12,149,335 on March 31 after 53,480 new cases were reported.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

A health worker shows a swab sample collected for Covid-19 test, at New Delhi Railway Station (NDLS), on March 30. According to the Union health ministry, India's coronavirus disease tally went up to 12,149,335 on March 31 after 53,480 new cases were reported.(Amal KS / HT Photo)

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A health worker tests a swab sample for Covid-19 infection, in Srinagar, on March 30. The number of active cases in India went up by 11,846, and currently stand at 5,52,566, health ministry's data showed.(Dar Yasin / AP)

A health worker tests a swab sample for Covid-19 infection, in Srinagar, on March 30. The number of active cases in India went up by 11,846, and currently stand at 5,52,566, health ministry's data showed.(Dar Yasin / AP)

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Relatives in PPE coveralls unload the body of a man, who died due to coronavirus disease from an ambulance for his cremation in Ahmedabad, on March 30. The disease also killed 354 people, which pushed the death toll to 1,62,468 on March 31. 41,280 patients were also discharged from hospitals, HT reported citing health ministry data.(Amit Dave / REUTERS)

Relatives in PPE coveralls unload the body of a man, who died due to coronavirus disease from an ambulance for his cremation in Ahmedabad, on March 30. The disease also killed 354 people, which pushed the death toll to 1,62,468 on March 31. 41,280 patients were also discharged from hospitals, HT reported citing health ministry data.(Amit Dave / REUTERS)

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A rush of commuters waiting to board a suburban local train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), in Mumbai, on March 30. The 10 districts with maximum active Covid cases are Pune (59,475), Mumbai (46,248), Nagpur (45,322), Thane (35,264), Nashik (26,553), Aurangabad (21,282), Bengaluru Urban (16,259), Nanded (15,171), Delhi (8,032) and Ahmednagar (7,952), Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said during a media briefing.(Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

A rush of commuters waiting to board a suburban local train at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus (CSMT), in Mumbai, on March 30. The 10 districts with maximum active Covid cases are Pune (59,475), Mumbai (46,248), Nagpur (45,322), Thane (35,264), Nashik (26,553), Aurangabad (21,282), Bengaluru Urban (16,259), Nanded (15,171), Delhi (8,032) and Ahmednagar (7,952), Union health secretary Rajesh Bhushan said during a media briefing.(Anshuman Poyrekar / HT Photo)

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A woman prays before giving a nasal swab sample for a Covid-19 test, outside the Sessions Court in Mumbai, on March 31. Maharashtra registered 27,918 new Covid-19 cases and 139 deaths on March 30 with which the state’s cumulative count of Covid-19 infections surged to 2,773,436 and the death toll mounted to 54,422.(Punit Paranjpe / AFP)

A woman prays before giving a nasal swab sample for a Covid-19 test, outside the Sessions Court in Mumbai, on March 31. Maharashtra registered 27,918 new Covid-19 cases and 139 deaths on March 30 with which the state’s cumulative count of Covid-19 infections surged to 2,773,436 and the death toll mounted to 54,422.(Punit Paranjpe / AFP)

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A health worker collects a swab sample from a court employee during a rapid antigen testing campaign, at a court in Mumbai, on March 25. Bhushan stressed that efficient implementation of "test, track and treat" remains the only proven strategy for control of transmission.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

A health worker collects a swab sample from a court employee during a rapid antigen testing campaign, at a court in Mumbai, on March 25. Bhushan stressed that efficient implementation of "test, track and treat" remains the only proven strategy for control of transmission.(Niharika Kulkarni / REUTERS)

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A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 awareness mural-- a recreation of Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam," depicting a hand with a hand soap bottle, in Mumbai, on March 31. The active cases have been increasing for more than 20 days and now comprise 4.47 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 94.19 per cent, HT reported citing health ministry data.(Indranil Mukherjee / AFP)

A pedestrian walks past a Covid-19 awareness mural-- a recreation of Michelangelo's "Creation of Adam," depicting a hand with a hand soap bottle, in Mumbai, on March 31. The active cases have been increasing for more than 20 days and now comprise 4.47 per cent of the total infections, while the recovery rate has further dropped to 94.19 per cent, HT reported citing health ministry data.(Indranil Mukherjee / AFP)

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National Zoological Park employees sanitise the premises in New Delhi on March 31. India has been recording a daily spike of over 60,000 cases for a few days until March 29.(Prakash Singh / AFP)

National Zoological Park employees sanitise the premises in New Delhi on March 31. India has been recording a daily spike of over 60,000 cases for a few days until March 29.(Prakash Singh / AFP)

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