India’s COVID-19 tally crosses 8.78 lakh; death toll at 23,174

New Delhi (NVI): India has recorded the biggest single-day spike of 28,701 cases in the last 24 hours, rising the total number to 8,78,254, Union Health Ministry said.

The death toll in the country stood at 23,174 with 500 new fatalities being reported in the past 24 hours.

As many as 5,53,470 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far. With this the recovery rate stands at 63 per cent.

With 2,54,427 confirmed cases of COVID-19 so far, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state in the country, followed by Tamil Nadu with 1,38,470 cases and Delhi with 1,12,494 cases.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of fatalities at 10,289, followed by 2,045 in Gujarat and 1,966 in Tamil Nadu.

The death toll in the national capital rose to 3,371, while 89,968 patients in Delhi have recovered so far, the healthy ministry data shows.

The other states with high virus included are Gujarat (41,820), Uttar Pradesh (36,476), West Bengal (30,013) and Rajasthan (24,392).

According to ICMR, a cumulative total of 1.18 crore COVID samples have been tested till July 12, with 2.19 lakh samples tested yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Uttar Pradesh government yesterday announced that it will continue putting the state under lockdown during weekends to curb the spread of COVID-19.

-RJV