India’s COVID tally crosses 28.3 lakh; death toll 53,866

New Delhi (NVI): At least 69,652 new cases of coronavirus and 977 deaths have been reported in India in the last 24 hours.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India now stands at 28,36,925, with 53,866 fatalities due to the pandemic, Union Health Ministry said.

So far, 20,96,665 people have been cured and discharged, while number of active cases stands at 6,86,395 in the country.

In the worst-hit Maharashtra, the coronavirus cases climbed to 6,28,642, followed by Tamil Nadu with 3,55,449 cases, and Andhra Pradesh with 3,16,003 cases.

Other states with high virus cases are Karnataka (2,49,590), Uttar Pradesh (1,67,510) and West Bengal (1,25,922)

The coronavirus cases in national capital have increased to 1,56,139 with 4,235 deaths reported so far, according to the Health Ministry data.

In terms of deaths, Maharashtra again tops the tally with 21,033 fatalities followed by Tamil Nadu (6,123) and Karnataka (4,327), ministry said.

According to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as on August 16, the cumulative number of 3,26,61,252 samples have been tested so far and 9,18,470 samples were tested yesterday.

Meanwhile, at least one in four people in India may have been infected with the coronavirus – a much higher number than official government figures suggest.

-RJV