New Delhi: COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 50,000 mark in a single day for the first time, pushing the virus tally to 1,583,792, while the recoveries went past 1 million on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry data.
The country registered a record increase of 52,123 infections in a span of 24-hours, while the death-toll climbed to 34,968 with 775 people succumbing to the disease in a day, the data updated at 8am showed.
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There are 528,242 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country presently.
The recovery rate among COVID-19 patients was recorded at 64.44 per cent, while the fatality rate was at 2.21 per cent.
The total number of confirmed cases also includes foreigners.
The number of tests for detection of COVID-19 has crossed 18 million in the country. According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 18,190,382 samples have been tested up to July 29 with 446,642 samples being tested on Wednesday.
Of the 775 fresh deaths, 298 are from Maharashtra, 92 from Karnataka, 82 from Tamil Nadu, 65 from Andhra Pradesh, 41 from West Bengal, 33 from Uttar Pradesh, 26 from Delhi, 25 from Punjab, 24 from Gujarat, 15 Jammu and Kashmir, 13 from Madhya Pradesh, 12 from Telangana.
Of the total 34,968 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra has reported the maximum at 14,463, followed by 3,907 in Delhi, 3,741 in Tamil Nadu, 2,396 in Gujarat, 2,147 in Karnataka, 1,530 in Uttar Pradesh, 1,490 in West Bengal, 1,213 in Andhra Pradesh and 843 in Madhya Pradesh.
The health ministry stressed that more than 70 per cent of the deaths occurred due to comorbidities.