India records over 49,000 coronavirus cases in 24hrs

Men wearing protective masks wait to pray as they maintain social distancing inside a temple after the opening of most of the religious places after India eases lockdown restrictions that were imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, 8 June 2020.
Men wearing protective masks wait to pray as they maintain social distancing inside a temple after the opening of most of the religious places after India eases lockdown restrictions that were imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, 8 June 2020. Reuters

India on Monday registered the highest single-day spike of almost 50,000 (49,931) fresh novel coronavirus cases taking the total tally to over 1.43 million cases while with 708 new deaths, total fatalities crossed 32,771, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

According to the latest data, the total number of cases in India reached 1,435,453 of which 32,771 people have died while 917,568 people have recovered. The total number of active cases are 485,114. The recovery rate further improved to 63.92 per cent.

Being the third-worst hit country, India is now adding a lakh cases in less than three days. Last Monday, the country had crossed the 1.1 million-mark and within seven days it added three lakh more fresh cases.

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Maharashtra remained the worst hit state after recording a single-day spike of 9,431 cases taking the state’s tally to 375,799 of which 13,656 people have died of the deadly disease.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu (213,723), Delhi (130,606), Karnataka (96,141) and Andhra Pradesh (96,298).The national capital recorded a single-day spike of 1,075 cases taking the tally beyond 130,000 cases of which 11,904 were active cases as 3,827 people died and 114,875 were cured and discharged.

States and Union Territories which recorded less than 1,000 cases were Andaman and Nicobar Islands (324), Dadra and Nagar Haveli (914), Chandigarh (887), Mizoram (361), Meghalaya (702) and Sikkim (545).

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On the global front, the overall number of global Covid-19 cases has topped 16.1 million, while the deaths have increased to over 647,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Monday morning, the total number of cases stood at 16,199,796, while the fatalities rose to 647,910, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounted for the world’s highest number of infections and fatalities at 4,233,764 and 146,934, respectively, according to the CSSE.