Covid-19: 8 states, UTs reported 69% of new cases in 24-hour span; tests per million cross 1 lakh

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New Delhi: In a span of 24 hours, over 69 per cent of the 41,322 new Covid-19 cases have been reported from eight states and Union Territories. Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of new infections followed by Delhi and Kerela, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday.

At present, there are 4,54,940 active Covid-19 cases in India. This comprises 4.87 per cent of the total coronavirus infections. The ministry said in a statement, “69.04 per cent of the daily new cases of Covid-19 are contributed by eight states/UT i.e. Maharashtra, Delhi, Kerela, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Chhattisgarh.”

With 11,57,605 tests being conducted over 24 hours, India’s cumulative tests have crossed the 13.82-mark. The ministry added that the number of tests per million population has also surged to 1 lakh and now stands at 1,00,159.7. The sustained and progressive expansion of testing infrastructure has played a vital role in the steep rise of testing numbers. The daily testing capacity has been boosted due to the presence of 2,161 testing labs in the country, including 1,175 government laboratories and 986 private laboratories.

Covid-19 recoveries have now surged to 87,59,969 with 41,452 recoveries being recorded in a day. Moreover, the ministry said that 76,55 per cent of the new recovered cases are observed to be concentrated in 10 states and UTs.

The national capital registered the maximum number of single-day recoveries as 5,937 cases were discharged. In Kerela, a total of 4,544 people have been recovered followed by 4,089 in Maharashtra. However, in Delhi, the number of new fatalities reached an all-time high with 98 deaths and Maharashtra saw a fatality count of 85.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, India has recorded 9,364,241 coronavirus cases and 136,401 deaths as of November 28.

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