New Delhi, March 28:

India recorded 62,714 new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in the last 24 hours, which took the nationwide tally to 11,971,624, the Union health ministry data showed on Sunday morning.

The country also recorded 312 fresh fatalities linked to the infection in the said period, and the death toll now stands at 1,61,552, the health ministry data further showed.

The active cases, which shows the spread of the infection, increased by 33,663, reaching 4,86,310. The active cases have been rising rapidly over the last few days; on Saturday, the count increased by 31,581.

The health ministry data also showed that 28,739 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, after which the tally of patients discharged from hospitals reached 11,323,762.

The Centre has urged people to follow Covid-19 protocols and ordered states to take all necessary precautions to control the spread of the infection in all work and public places. Earlier this week, the Union home ministry (MHA) issued fresh set of guidelines due to the recent surge in their Covid disease cases. “For strict enforcement of wearing of face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing, states and UTs may consider administrative actions, including the imposition of appropriate fines,” the order said. These guidelines will come into force from April 1 and remain in place till April 30.