Covid-19 tally in India rise to 18.55 lakh; death toll at 38,938

New Delhi (NVI): The coronavirus cases in India reached 18,55,745 after the country reported 52,050 fresh cases in the last 24 hours, Union Health Ministry said.

The country’s death toll stands at 38,938 with 803 new fatalities being reported during this period.

As many as 12,30,510 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far. With this, the recovery rate improved to 66.3 per cent in India.

Maharashtra remains to be worst-hit state with 4,50,196 coronavirus cases, followed by Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Delhi.

The other worst affected states are, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and West Bengal.

In terms of fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 15,842 deaths, ministry said.

The death toll in the national capital surged to 4,021 while another 1,20,815 patients have recovered so far, healthy ministry data shows.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a cumulative total of 2,08,64,750 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to August 3 with 6,61,892 samples being tested yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government banned the use of hookahs, with or without tobacco, in all public places, including hotels, restaurants and bars, with immediate effect to control the spread of COVID-19.

-RJV