New Delhi: India registered 18,653 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally of coronavirus cases to 5,85,493, informed the Union health and family welfare ministry on Wednesday (July 1).

As per the ministry, there are presently 2,20,114 active cases in the country. The number of patients cured/discharged and migrated stands at 3,47,979.

Due to COVID-19, 507 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the total deaths due to the virus to 17,400.

According to the ministry, Maharashtra is the worst-affected state by the virus with 1,74,761 cases including 7,855 fatalities.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday welcomed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to extend the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY) by five months till November end.

To reduce COVID-19 deaths in Mumbai hospitals, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Tuesday released a nine-point protocol that will be followed under the new initiative ‘Save Lives Strategy’. BMC noted that many deaths in hospitals occur as patients remove oxygen to go to the toilet, especially between 1 am and 5 am.

Under the new protocol, it will now be mandatory for every bed to be provided with a bedpan. It will also be mandatory for junior and senior doctors to conduct meetings twice a day for updates on patients, either through video conference or telephonic conversation.

Tamil Nadu is the second worst-hit state with 90,167 cases including 1,201 deaths while Delhi has a total of 87,360 cases.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total number of 86,26,585 tested up to June 30 of which 2,17,931 samples were tested on Tuesday.