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India's novel coronavirus tally climbed to 1,21,49,335 with 53,480 more people testing positive for the virus in a span of 24 hours. 354 fatalities, the highest single-day spike so far this year, pushed the death toll to 1,62,468, according to the Union Health Ministry's data updated today. The country had recorded 355 deaths on December 17. The fatality rate stands at 1.34%.

Registering a steady increase for the 21st day in a row, active cases have climbed to 5,52,566. The number of people who have recuperated from the infection surged to 1,14,34,301 with 41,280 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 24,36,72,940 samples have been tested up to 30 March with 10,22,915 samples being tested on Monday.

Data released today also showed that total vaccinations in India has gone up to 6.3 crore as of March 31, with 19.4 lakh administered in 24 hours.

India has been reporting a spike in cases this month, with Maharashtra, home to the financial capital of Mumbai, accounting for a majority of its case load.

Maharashtra's total active cases have gone up to 3,41,887 while 139 deaths were reported in past 24 hours.

With more than 12 million cases of the coronavirus reported since the beginning of the outbreak last year, India is the third worst affected country in the world, after the United States and Brazil.

The Union health minister Harsh Vardhan recently said said that half a dozen vaccines are under clinical trial and around one dozen are in pre-clinical trial which are being monitored by an expert group for vaccine.

From April 1, people above the age of 45 years would be eligible for vaccination. They can register themselves in the CoWIN platform, the Aarogya Setu app or go for on-site registrations which would start after 3 pm.

Meanwhile the Centre had warned yesterday that the coronavirus situation is "turning from bad to worse" and is a huge cause of worry especially for some states.

NITI Aayog member (Health) V K Paul said, "COVID-19 situation is turning from bad to worse. In last few weeks, especially in some states, it is a huge cause for worry. No state, no part of the country or district should be complacent."

"We are facing an increasingly severe and intense situation, more so surely in some districts. But the whole country is potentially at risk and therefore all efforts to contain and save lives should be taken, If the cases increase rapidly, the healthcare system would be overwhelmed, Paul said.

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