COVID-19 case tally in India crossed 50-lakh mark with a spike of 90,123 new cases. The country reported 1,290 deaths, the highest the country has seen in 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases now stands at 50,20,360, including 9,95,933 active cases as India's recovery rate rose to 78.28 per cent. A total of 39,42,361 patients stand cured.
Maharashtra remains worst affected state by COVID with a tally of 10.7 lakh cases as it continued to report more than 17,000 cases a day. It is followed by Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.
Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh contribute to 48.8 per cent of the active cases . Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Kerala and Telangana contribute close to a quarter (24.4 per cent) of the active cases, the ministry said.
"Maharashtra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu contribute 60.35 per cent of the total active cases and are also reporting close to 60 per cent (59.42 pc) of the total recovered cases," it highlighted.
On July 17, India had logged 10 lakh cases, which then doubled to 20 lakh in 20 days on August 7. The country added another 10 lakh on August 23 and went past 40 lakh on September 5. In 11 days, it added another 10 lakh cases, mounting to 50 lakh cases on Wednesday.
Out of the total cases, 9,95,933 are active, 39,42,360 have been discharged, while 82,066 lost the battle against the viral disease. In the last 24 hours, 82,961 patients were discharged.
While the recovery rate stands at a whooping high of 78.53 per cent, the fatality rate has come down to 1.63 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
On Monday, the ministry asked Delhi, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, and Tamil Nadu to ramp up their testing. These are the states whose positivity rates are faring above the national average.
According to the data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India conducted 11,16,842 sample tests in a single day on Tuesday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 5,94,29,115.
with IANS inputs