Passengers on a city bus in Ahmedabad, India
Passengers on a city bus in Ahmedabad, India, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. India's coronavirus cases are spiking amid government reopening restaurants, shopping malls and religious places in most of its states after a more than 2-month-old lockdown. Image Credit: AP

New Delhi: India on Wednesday witnessed a spike of over 9,900 cases of the novel coronavirus for the third consecutive day with 9,985 fresh cases, a Health Ministry data revealed.

For the first time the number of recovered cases surpassed the total active cases. There were 133,632 active cases, while recovered patients so far stood at 135,205.

At least 279 died in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 7,745, according to the ministry data.

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With 276,583 cases, India is now the fifth country most affected by the pandemic, since the first case was reported in January-end. It overtook Spain on Sunday, and is just 13,000 short of the UK tally of 290,581, according to data by Johns Hopkins University and Medicine.

Mumbai (with over 51,000) has tipped Wuhan’s (over 31,000) tally as Maharashtra’s corona cases stood at 90,787, which is more than 31 per cent of the national tally, followed by Delhi with 31,309, Tamil Nadu with 34,914 and Gujarat with 21,014 cases.

The global number of COVID-19 cases has increased to over 7.2 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 411,177, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Wednesday morning, the overall number of cases stood at 7,238,723, while the toll increased to 411,177, the University’s Centre for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.