At present, there are four lakh 21 thousand 66 active COVID-19 cases in the country which comprises 3.55 per cent of the total positive cases. Amid the rising new cases, a total of 59 thousand 118 new cases have been reported in the country in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative positive cases to over one crore 17 lakh.
Five States, Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat have reported a surge in daily new cases. Maharashtra continues to report the highest daily new cases at 35 thousand 952. It is followed by Punjab with 2 thousand 661 while Karnataka reported 2 thousand 523 new cases. Three States, Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab together account for over 73 per cent of the total active cases in the country.
The Health Ministry said, 257 deaths have been reported within a day taking the toll to over one lakh 60 thousand across the country. Various laboratories have conducted more than 11 lakh tests of corona virus samples in the last 24 hours taking the cumulative testing to more than 23 crore 86 lakh.