India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 43 lakh mark on Wednesday with a massive single-day spike of 89,706 new cases and 1,115 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Notably, India has already breached Brazil to become the second-worst hit country by COVID-19 in the world.
According to the Health Ministry data this morning, the country’s total case tally stands at 43,70,129, including 8,97,394 active cases, 33,98,845 cured/discharged/migrated and 73,890 deaths.
Among the hardest-hit states, Maharashtra remains on top of the chart with the highest caseload, followed by Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.
On the other hand, COVID-19 cases in the national capital are on the rise as it recorded a hike of 3,609 fresh infections on Tuesday evening. However, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal maintained that the surge is due to an increased rate of testing.
Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) noted that a total of 5,18,04,677 samples have been tested up to September 8, 2020. Of these, 11,54,549 samples were tested in a single-day yesterday.
Although India ranks high on the global COVID hierarchy, the government said that when compared with the population in other countries, India is “among the lowest” with only 3,102 cases per million people.