India on Sunday recorded 18,732 COVID-19 cases, the lowest in six months. Representational image: iStock

28,637 COVID-19 cases in single-day spike, tally nears 8.5-lakh mark

The number of coronavirus cases in the country grew by a record-high of 28,637 new cases in the past 24 hours, pushing India’s tally to 8,49,533.

Sunday (July 12) is the third day when the number of deaths has gone beyond 26,000. The maximum number of cases have been reported from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh.

The death toll rose to 22,674 with 551 people succumbing to the disease in a day. The number of recoveries stands at 5,34,620, while there are 2,92,258 active cases of the infection currently in the country, data updated on the Union health ministry website showed.

“Thus, around 62.93 per cent of patients have recovered so far,” an official said.

The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.

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Of the 551 new deaths reported, 223 are from Maharashtra, 70 from Karnataka, 69 from Tamil Nadu, 34 from Delhi, 26 from West Bengal, 24 from Uttar Pradesh, 17 from Andhra Pradesh, 12 from Bihar, 10 each from Gujarat and Jammu and Kashmir, nine from Telangana, eight each from Assam and Punjab and seven are from Haryana. Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan reported six deaths each, followed by Odisha with five, Goa with three, Kerala two and Puducherry and Tripura one fatality each.

Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and his son Abhishek Bachchan tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday and were admitted to Mumbai’s Nanavati Hospital. As many as 18 people from Maharashtra’s Raj Bhavan also tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day.

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