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Coronavirus Live Updates: India reports 35,871 new Covid-19 cases, highest daily spike this year

 New Delhi | March 18, 2021 10:16 IST


India recorded its highest daily tally this year with 35,871 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest update. The active caseload in the country was logged at 252,364 on Thursday. This accounts for 2.05 % of the total cases. The death toll soared to 159,216 with 172 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed. In a meeting with chief ministers via video conference, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said quick and decisive steps were needed to stop the emerging second wave of Covid-19. PM Modi also flagged the issue of vaccine wastage in some states. Meanwhile, the EU's drug regulator insisted on Tuesday that there is “no indication” that the AstraZeneca vaccine causes blood clots. Follow India for LIVE Updates on coronavirus situation and vaccine in India and across the world.