India’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 1,20,95,855 with 56,211 more people testing positive for the infection in a span of 24 hours, while 271 more fatalities pushed death count to 1,62,114, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data said on Tuesday.
Six states, including Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh, have reported a high number of daily COVID-19 cases and account for 78.56 per cent of the 56,211 fresh cases recorded in the country in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday.
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Maharashtra on Wednesday reported as many as 39,544 new coronavirus cases, its second-highest single-day rise in infection tally since the pandemic began, a health official said.
With this, the state’s cumulative caseload mounted to 28,12,980.
Just three days back – on March 28 – the state had recorded 40,414 new COVID-19 cases, the biggest surge in cases in a day so far.
On March 22, the state had crossed the 25 lakh cases mark, while it went past the 27 lakh-mark on March 28.
On Wednesday, Maharashtra reported the deaths of 227 patients. This one-day fatality count is the highest for the state since October last year, which pushed the death toll to 54,649.