India's cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) witnessed a jump of 53,476 in a day while the daily toll from the disease went up to 251, according to the data released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare on Thursday.
This is the highest daily spike since October 23 last year when 54,366 fresh cases were recorded.
The nation's infection tally has soared past 11.78 million. The fatality count, which has been rising over the last few weeks, has gone up to 160,692.
Following the grim figures since the last few weeks, the central government on Tuesday decided to open vaccination for everyone above 45 years of age from April 1.
Adding to the worries, a novel variant of the Sars-Cov-2 has been detected in seven states, and especially in high numbers in Maharashtra, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The emergence of the new variant partially explains the surge in cases, experts said. Officials, however, have said that it may be too soon to arrive at a conclusion.