India continues to witness a constant surge in COVID-19 cases at a record-breaking pace and is expected to overtake the US in the coming few weeks.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India reported 96,424 new positive cases, a global record high, pushing the cumulative tally over 5.21 million mark.
The country’s caseload now stands at 5,214,677 with 1,017,722 active cases and 4,112,551 recovery cases. In the last 24 hours, 1,174 people died of coronavirus, taking total mortalities from the contagion to 84,404.
India has been reporting the highest single-day cases in the world since August and seems to be on course to cross the US to become the country with the most number of cases.
However, the deaths in India are relatively low, with a fatality rate of 1.62%.
With reduced restrictions and easing of lockdown, many states in the country have reported a surge in infection cases. According to the Health Ministry, five states account for 60% of the nation’s cumulative tally.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Uttar Pradesh are the top five states reporting the highest number of active COVID-19 cases. Surprisingly, these states are also the ones that are reporting a high level of recoveries, accounting for 59.3% of total recoveries.
India has been continually reporting a very high level of single-day recoveries of over 70,000 for the last 11 days. The recovery cases in the country outnumber active cases by 3,094,797.
According to the Union Health Ministry, the country’s recovery cases are 4X times the number of active cases.
“The continuous streak of a very high level of recoveries is a testimony of the effective clinical management and treatment protocols issued by the Indian Government, which have been updated from time to time with the emergence of new evidence,” said the ministry.
Meanwhile, 18 states have reported a surge in active cases in the past 24 hours, indicating the widespread outbreak across the country. The 18 states have reported 7,778 active cases, in total, in the last 24 hours.