India’s count of coronavirus cases has crossed the 1.5 lakh mark, even as there was a slight dip in the number of fresh infections reported on Tuesday. The number of COVID-19 cases reported yesterday was the lowest in the past six days at 5,502 and the number deaths related to the contagious disease rose by 172 which is the second-highest single-day death toll so far. 64,425 people have recovered so far and this puts the number of active cases at 83,004 and one patient has migrated.
“Thus, around 42.45 per cent patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said.
Of the 172 deaths reported on Tuesday, 97 were in Maharashtra, 27 in Gujarat, 12 in national capital Delhi, nine in Tamil Nadu, five each in Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal, three in Rajasthan and one each in Chandigarh, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Telangana, Kerala, and Uttarakhand.
By far Maharashtra is the worst-hit state as it tops the tally with 1,792 deaths followed by Gujarat with 915 deaths. Madhya Pradesh has so for reported 305 deaths. Delhi, West Bengal, and Rajasthan & Uttar Pradesh are at fourth, fifth, and sixth spots with 288, 283, and 170 deaths respectively. Similarly the highest number of confirmed cases in the country has been reported from Maharashtra. There are 52,667 confirmed cases in the state followed by Tamil Nadu at 17,728, Gujarat at 14,821, and Delhi at 14,465.
According to the Health Ministry’s website, more than 70% of the deaths are due to comorbidities.
Meanwhile, the good news is that the six states worst-hit by the coronavirus – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh – have recorded a drop in cases as compared to the previous day. However, the count continues to rise in states like Bihar, Assam and Kerala.
The least affected states are Mizoram and Sikkim which have reported a case each till now. Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli have registered two cases each and Meghalaya has reported 15 cases.
According to the Johns Hopkins University’s tracker, the deadly virus has infected more than 54 lakh people across the world and claimed 3,46,306 lives.