COVID-19: Record spike of 24,850 cases, 613 deaths in India

India is set to overtake Russia's tally as the third country with most coronavirus cases in the world

With a record single-day surge of 24,850 coronavirus infections and 613 fatalities, India’s COVID-19 caseload jumped to 6,73,165, while the death toll climbed to 19,268 on Sunday (July 5), according to the Union Health Ministry data.

Recording over 20,000 coronavirus infections for the third consecutive day, India is set to overtake Russia’s tally as the third country with most coronavirus cases in the world. The number of recoveries stands at 4,09,082  and 2,44,814 active cases of coronavirus infections presently in the country.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, which has been compiling COVID-19 data from all over the world, India is behind Russia by 399 cases. India is currently the fourth worst-hit nation by the pandemic after the US, Brazil and Russia and is at the eighth position in terms of the death toll.



Maharashtra crossed the grim milestone of two lakh COVID-19 cases, recording a single-day increase of 7,074 infections, the Health Ministry’s data showed. In the past 24 hours the state recorded 295 deaths, the highest among other states and an overall death count of 19,268 so far.

Tamil Nadu registered 4,280 cases in the past 24 hours with 65 deaths recorded. The state is currently under lockdown after the Tamil Nadu governnment decided to extend lockdown till July 31 to curb the spread of coronavirus. The state observed total lockdown until Sunday (July 5). However restrictions will be eased from Monday (July 6)

Delhi meanwhile recorded 2,505 fresh coronavirus cases and 81 deaths yesterday, taking the tally in the city to over 97,000, while the death count from the disease mounted to 3,004. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted today that lesser people are requiring hospitalisation.


Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases at 2,00,064 followed by Tamil Nadu at 1,07,001, Delhi at 97,200, Gujarat at 35,312, Uttar Pradesh at 26,554, Telangana at  22,312 and Karnataka at 21,549, according to the ministry data.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 21,231 in West Bengal, 19,532 in Rajasthan, 17,699 in Andhra Pradesh while Kerala has 5,204 cases.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 97,89,066 samples have been tested up to July 4 with 2,48,934 samples being tested on Saturday. It also said that more than 70 per cent deaths took place due to comorbidities.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said, adding that 4,629 cases are being reassigned to states.

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