With a fresh spike of 50,356 coronavirus infections and 577 deaths in 24 hours, India’s tally on Saturday rose to 8,462,080, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Out of the total COVID-19 cases in the country, 516,632 are currently active, 78,19,886 have been discharged, and 1,25,562 lost the battle against the pandemic.
While the recovery rate stands at 92.41 per cent, the fatality rate is 1.48 per cent, the data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare showed.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) conducted 1,113,209 sample tests in a single day on Friday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 1,165,42,304.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit with a total of 1,710,314 cases, including 44,965 deaths; followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi.
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The national capital logged the highest-ever cases of COVID-19 on Friday since the pandemic struck the city. It reported 7,178 new infections, taking Delhi’s overall coronavirus tally to 428,831, even as the positivity rate stood at 12.19 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution levels in the city.
Delhi has been recording more than 6,000 COVID-19 cases daily for the last four days. It had earlier witnessed its highest-spike two days ago on Wednesday where it reported 6,842 cases, following which Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal admitted that a `third wave` of infections had hit the national capital.
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has topped the 49 million mark, while the deaths have surged to more than 12,41,360, according to Johns Hopkins University.
As of Saturday morning, the total caseload and death toll stood at 49,228,536 and 1,241,366, respectively, the University`s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.
The US is the worst-hit country with the world`s highest number of cases and deaths at 97,27,345 and 2,36,025, respectively, according to the CSSE. India comes in second place in terms of the total cases.