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New Delhi : The frightening spike in Covid-19 continues in India as an unprecedented 2,61,500 new cases were recorded in the country in last 24 hours taking the tally to 1,47,88,109 cases. India had recorded 2,34,692 new Covid-19 cases on April 17, 2021. On the other hand, a record 1,38,423 Covid-19 patients were declared cured / discharged in India in last 24 hours taking the tally to 1,28,09,643 in the country on April 18, 2021. The recovery rate (RR) of Covid-19 patients further dropped to 86.62% in India on April 18 from 87.23% on April 17, 2021.

Active cases (18,01,316) on April 18, 2021, accounted for 12.18% of the total Covid-19 cases (1,47,88,109) recorded so far in India, a massive increase of 1,21,576 cases in last 24 hours. The country has tested 26,65,38,416 samples so far including 15,66,394 samples on April 17, 2021. Meanwhile, a total of 12,26,22,590 people have been vaccinated against Covid-19 so far in India including 26,84,956 beneficiaries on April 17, 2021.

The Covid-19 toll climbed to 1,77,150 in India on April 18, 2021, with 1,501 new deaths being reported in the country in last 24 hours including 419 in Maharashtra, 167 in Delhi, 158 in Chhattisgarh, 120 in Uttar Pradesh, 97 in Gujarat, 80 in Karnataka, 66 in Masdhya Pradesh, 62 in Punjab, 39 in Tamilnadu, 37 in Rajasthan, 37 in Uttarakhand, 34 in West Bengal, 34 in Bihar, 32 in Haryana, 30 in Jharkhand, 27 in Kerala, 15 in Andhra Pradesh, 15 in Telengana, and 12 in Himachal Pradesh, according to Union Health Ministry figure.

The Covid-19 toll in India onĀ  April 18, 2021, was : Maharashtra (59,970), Tamilnadu (13,071), Karnataka (13,270), Delhi (11,960), Andhra Pradesh (7,388), Uttar Pradesh (9,703), West Bengal (10,540), Gujarat (5,267), Madhya Pradesh (4,491), Rajasthan (3,109), Punjab (7,834), Telengana (1,824), J&K (2,051), Haryana (3,386), Bihar (1,722), Odisha (1,942), Jharkhand (1,406), Assam (1,129), Uttarakhand (1,856), Kerala (4,904), Chhattisgarh (5,738), Puducherry (705), Goa (872), Tripura (394), Chandigarh (410), Andaman & Nicobar (64), Himachal Pradesh (1,180), Ladakh (133), Manipur (376), Nagaland (94), Meghalaya (152), Arunachal Pradesh (56), Sikkim (136), Mizoram (12), Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu (4), and Lakshadweep (1).