India on Sunday (July 19) saw a spurt of 38,902 COVID-19 cases, a new single-day record, pushing its tally to 10,77,618. The death toll due to the disease rose to 26,816 with 543 fatalities reported in a day while the total number of recoveries rose to 6,77,422.
Home Ministry data updated on Sunday morning said that 23,672 patients have recuperated in the past 24 hours, the highest so far.
The country at present has 3,73,379 active cases.
This is the fourth consecutive day when COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 30,000.
While Maharashtra crossed the three-lakh mark on Saturday with Mumbai recording more than a lakh cases now, Delhi reported a single-day spike of 1,475 cases, taking its tally to 1,21,582.
In view of the rising number of cases in Karnataka, the state government has ordered private hospitals in Bengaluru to reserve 50 per cent of beds for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.
Assam has put curbs on inter-district movement of people from July 22. The governments in Assam, Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar were asked by the Centre on Saturday to ramp up their COVID containment measures in view of rising infections in the states.
Of the 543 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 144 are from Maharashtra, 93 from Karnataka, 88 from Tamil Nadu, 52 from Andhra Pradesh, 27 from West Bengal, 26 from Delhi, 24 from Uttar Pradesh, 17 from Haryana, 16 from Gujarat and nine from Madhya Pradesh.
Bihar, Punjab and Rajasthan have reported seven fatalities each followed by Telangana with six deaths, Jammu and Kashmir five, Odisha and Puducherry three each, Assam, Tripura and Kerala two each while Chandigarh, Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand have registered a fatality each.
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(With inputs from agencies)