A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a woman during a rapid antigen testing campaign for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, 7 September 2020.
A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a woman during a rapid antigen testing campaign for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, 7 September 2020. Reuters

With a fresh spike of 49,881 coronavirus infections and 517 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally crossed 8 million-mark with the total number of cases at 8,040,203, the Union Ministry of Health stated on Thursday.

Out of the total COVID-19 cases, 603,687 are currently active, 7,315,989 have been discharged, while 120,527 lost the battle against the pandemic. On 26 October, the single-day deaths were 480, lowest in recent times.

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While the recovery rate stands at 90.99 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.50 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.

Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 1,660,766 cases, including 43,554 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.

According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 1,075,760 sample tests in a single day on Wednesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 106,563,440.