India sees highest single-day spike of 19,906 COVID-19 cases

India sees highest single-day spike of 19,906 COVID-19 cases

The number of coronavirus infections in India has reached 509,306 after more than 18,500 new cases were added to the tally, government figures, released on Saturday, have shown. There has been a surge of 3,38,324 infections from June 1 till date.

"The recovery rate is 58.56 per cent amongst COVID-19 patients", the ministry said.

The country has the fourth-largest Covid-19 outbreak in the world, after the US, Brazil and Russian Federation, and has surpassed Iran in terms of their official death tolls.

The recovered cases have exceeded the active cases by 1,06,661 as on Saturday, the ministry said.

States with more than 10,000 cases include Gujarat with 30,709 cases and 1,789 deaths, Uttar Pradesh (21,549), Rajasthan (16,944), Madhya Pradesh (12,965), West Bengal (16,711), Haryana (13,427), Karnataka, (11,923), Andhra Pradesh (12,285) and Telangana (13,436) cases.

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India now has 1,036 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19.

- Maharashtra has reported 1,59,133 cases, of which 67,600 are undergoing treatment.

It has risen to 8,931 in Bihar, 6,966 in Jammu and Kashmir, 6,816 in Assam and 6,350 in Odisha. Punjab has reported 5,056 novel coronavirus infections so far, while Kerala has 4,071 cases. A total of 15,685 people have died from the disease there, including 385 in the 24 hours since the previous update.

"The graded, pre-emptive and pro-active steps taken by the Government of India along with the states and UTs for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are showing encouraging results", it said in a statement. 7,287 patients have recovered, and the state has reported 180 deaths. With 1,400 new infections, Mumbai's tally has climbed to 74,252.

State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it added.

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