With the country breaching its own record everyday, India registered its highest-ever single-day spike of 45,720 cases while the COVID-19 tally surged past the 12-lakh mark and stood at 12,38,635 cases on Thursday (July 23).
The death-toll mounted to 29,861 with a record 1,129 fatalities in a day, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The country crossed the 12-lakh mark just three days after it crossed the 11-lakh milestone. Furthermore, India took 158 days to reach the first five lakh cases-mark, but just 20 days to record the next five lakh cases
The data updated at 8 am showed that 7,82,606 people have recovered so far in the country. There are 4,26,167 active cases of coronavirus infection presently in the country.
Thus 63.18 per cent people have recovered so far. The total number of confirmed cases includes foreigners.
Out of the cities, Pune reported the highest number of COVID cases on Wednedaay at 2,111 cases. Mumbai city came the second highest, falling short by 700 cases and registered 1,310 cases.
Of the 1,129 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 518 are from Tamil Nadu, 280 from Maharashtra, 65 from Andhra Pradesh, 55 from Karnataka, 39 from West Bengal, 34 from Uttar Pradesh, 29 from Delhi, 28 from Gujarat, 14 from Madhya Pradesh and 10 from Jammu and Kashmir.
Telangana and Jharkhand have reported nine fatalities each followed by Haryana with eight deaths, Assam, Punjab and Rajasthan six each, Odisha five, Goa and Uttarakhand two each while Kerala, Puducherry, Tripura and Chandigarh have registered a fatality each.
The highest number of samples were tested on Wednesday, with 3,50,823 samples collected. The total samples tested till now is over 1.5 crore, government data shows.
West Bengal will be observing a complete lockdown today as the state issued orders for complete lockdown on July 23, 25 and 29 after the state registered 2,261 new cases on Wednesday pushing the state’s tally to 47,030.
In Rajasthan, amidst the ensuing political crisis chief minister Ashok Gehlot reviewed the situation. He asked officials present during the meeting to remain fully focused on dealing with the pandemic without worrying about the political developments in the state. “Our government will exert full force in the fight against corona. It is priority of the government to prevent corona pandemic from going out of control,” he said.