India’s COVID tally tops 10.34 million with 16,505 new cases

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India’s COVID tally tops 10.34 million with 16,505 new cases
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New Delhi (NVI): India witnessed a single-day rise of 16,505 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the overall caseload to 10,340,470, Union Health Ministry said.

The country’s death toll has gone up to 1,49,218 with 214 fatalities registered during this period.

Notably, 99,46,867 patients have been cured and recovered all over the country while active Covid-19 cases remained below 2.5 lakh mark and stands at 2,43,953. With this, the national recovery rate improved to 96.4 per cent in the country.

Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with total 19,42,136 confirmed Covid-19 cases which include 49,666 deaths. The active cases in the state stand at 55,471 and 18,36,999 recoveries.

Maharashtra is followed by Karnataka (9,21,938), Andhra Pradesh (8,83,082), Tamil Nadu (8,20,712) and Kerala (7,75,852).

The national capital also reported 424 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, pushing the tally to 6,26,872, while the death toll from the virus has reached 10,585 in Delhi.

As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data, more than 17.56 crore samples tested for COVID-19 up to January 3. Of these, 7,35,978 samples were tested yesterday.

Furthermore, after the approval of COVID-19 vaccine in India, Punjab Health Minister Balbir Singh yesterday said the Central government should provide COVID-19 vaccine free of cost to Punjab within a stipulated time.