New Delhi (NVI): The total count of coronavirus cases in India increased to 10,169,118 with a single-day jump of 22,272 fresh cases in the past 24 hours, Union Health Ministry confirmed.
With 251 patients succumbing to the infection since yesterday, the country’s death toll rose to 1,47,343. This for first time since June when daily COVID-19 toll falls below 300.
Currently, 97,40,108 patients have been cured an recovered across the country, while the active cases remained below 3-lakh mark and stands at 2,81,667.
In worst-affected Maharashtra, the COVID-19 cases increased to 19,13,382 followed by Karnataka with 9,14,488 and Andhra Pradesh with 8,80,430 positive cases.
The other worst hit states are Tamil
Nadu (8,12,142), Kerala (7,32,084), Delhi (6,21,439) and Uttar Pradesh (5,79,982).
Meanwhile, of the total fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 49,129 deaths, followed by Karnataka with 12,044 fatalities.
The death toll in the national capital surpassed to 10,414, while 6,03,759 patients have been cured and discharged so far, the healthy ministry data shows.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data, more than 16.71 crore samples tested for COVID-19 up to December 23. Of these, 8,53,527 samples were tested yesterday.
Furthermore, several people returning from the UK in India have tested positive upon their arrival amid the spread of a potentially more infectious variant of the coronavirus. The total number of the UK returnees infected with the virus stands at 16 in the country.