The coronavirus tally in India is nearing the dreaded figure of 1 million (10 lakh) cases as total cases in the country reached 9,68,876 on Thursday morning. In the previous 24-hour period, India recorded its highest-ever single-day spike of 32,695 cases. It was the first time that India had witnessed 30,000 or more cases in a single day. The death toll from COVID-19 in the same 24-hour period was 606, taking the total fatality figure to 24,915.
India appears set to cross the figure of 10 lakh COVID-19 cases by Saturday. It crossed 9 lakh COVID-19 cases on July 14; the jump from 8 lakh cases to 9 lakh took just three days. The number of COVID-19 cases in India has been increasing by over 26,000 daily for a week now.
A notable point for optimism is that the recovery rate among COVID-19 cases has increased to 63.24 per cent. The ratio of recoveries to deaths is 96.09, the ministry of health and family welfare said.
Maharashtra remains the state that is worst affected by COVID-19 in terms of both cases and deaths. As of Wednesday evening, Maharashtra had recorded 2,75,640 COVID-19 cases and 10, 928 deaths.
Tamil Nadu has recorded 1,51,820 COVID-19 cases and Delhi has recorded 1,16,993 cases as of Wednesday. In addition, 13 states have recorded over 10,000 COVID-19 cases each.