Coronavirus: India's COVID-19 cases tally breaches 50-lakh mark; case fatality rate drops at 1.63%
India has become the second country in the world after the US to record 5 million COVID-19 cases, with the last 1 million coming in a world-record time of 11 days.
India's COVID-19 case tally crossed the 50-lakh mark with a spike of 90,123 new cases and 1,290 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday (September 16).
The total case tally in the country stands at 50,20,360 including 9,95,933 active cases, 39,42,361 cured/discharged/migrated and 82,066 deaths, as per the ministry.
Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have reported the highest number of cases. However, infections are rising rapidly in states like Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.
As per the data from the Health Ministry, Maharashtra which is the most affected by the pandemic has 2,92,174 active cases of COVID-19. Karnataka has 98,555 active cases, Andhra Pradesh (92,353), Uttar Pradesh (67,335), and Delhi (29,787).
Meanwhile, Delhi recorded 4,263 new coronavirus cases, pushing the tally to 225,000. The worst-hit states are Maharashtra (1,097,856) Andhra Pradesh (583,000), Tamil Nadu (5,14,208), Karnataka (4,75,265), and UP (317,195).
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The COVID-19 case fatality rate due to the coronavirus infection in India further dropped at 1.63%.
According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 5,94,29,115 samples have been tested up to September 15 for COVID-19. Of these, 11,16,842 samples were tested yesterday.