Another big single-day jump of 24,248 COVID-19 cases took India’s tally close to the 7-lakh mark on Monday (July 6), while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 19,693, according to the Union health ministry. The steep rise in cases is said to have come from Delhi where they are treating patients at a 10,000 bed COVID care centre.
India’s total coronavirus cases tally stands at 6,97,413 with 4,24,432 recoveries and 2,53,287 active cases. “Thus, 60.85 per cent of the patients have recovered so far,” the ministry said.
This is the fourth consecutive day that the country is recording infections over 20,000.
India went past Russia on Sunday to become the third worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. Only the US and Brazil are ahead of India in terms of total coronavirus infections.
Maharashtra has most of the country’s Covid-19 cases at 2,06,619 and the state has reported 8,822 deaths so far. Tamil Nadu with 1,11,151 infections is the second worst-affected state and has also reported 1,510 fatalities.
The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners who tested positive in India.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 99,69,662 samples were tested for the disease in the country till July 5, with 1,80,596 just on Sunday.
Amid the rise in cases, none of the 11 COVID-19 vaccine candidates undergoing clinical trials are likely to be ready for use before 2021, the Ministry of Science and Technology said on Sunday.