India reported 16,159 fresh Covid-19 infection and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours ending at 8 am Wednesday, according to data from the Union health ministry. This number is 3,073 more than what was recorded yesterday. With this, the total death toll stands at 5,23,270. As many as 15,394 patients recovered from the infection, taking the total number of active cases to 1,15,212.
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A day after reporting 2,962 new Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra recorded 3,098 daily cases on Tuesday and six Covid-related fatalities. In the recent past, although the number of daily patients has plunged in Mumbai, the infection rate has risen in other districts, especially in Thane and Raigad. Delhi, on the other hand, recorded 615 fresh Covid-19 cases with a positivity rate of 3.89 per cent and three more fatalities due to the viral disease on Tuesday, according to the city health department. With the fresh cases and fatalities, Delhi’s COVID-19 tally has climbed to 19,38,048 and the death toll has shot up to 26,275, the department said in a bulletin.
Assam reported 210 more Covid-19 infections, the highest single-day tally in the past five months, taking the caseload in the state to 7,25,481, according to a bulletin of the National Health Mission (NHM).
Kamrup (Metro), comprising Guwahati city, reported the highest number of new cases at 98 cases, followed by Kamrup (Rural) at 26 and Dibrugarh at 19, the bulletin said.
No new death due to the disease was recorded in any part of the state, with the toll remaining unchanged at 6,639.
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