The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 4,40,215 today with 14,933 fresh cases reported in 24 hours. The death toll went up to 14,011 as covid claimed 312 lives in 24 hours. According to figures released today morning, there were 1,78,014 active cases in the country while 2,48,189 have recovered so far. About 11,000 patients recovered in past 24 hours.
Maharastra, with 1,35,796 cases, remains the worst affected state, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu, both with over 60,000 cases.
The COVID-19 testing infrastructure is being ramped up, the government said. The number of government labs for covid testing has been increased to 723 and private labs has been increased to 262. As of June 22, over 71 lakh samples were tested for coronavirus.
Globally, total number of coronavirus cases has crossed 90 lakh mark while the death toll has risen to 4.71 lakh, according to Johns Hopkins University. The World Health Organization has warned that the pandemic was accelerating as economies reopen. The WHO has called for a rapid increase in production of the steroid dexamethasone, which has been shown to have life-saving potential for critically ill patients.
With 23 lakh cases and 1.2 lakh deaths, the US remains the worst affected country. India has the fourth highest number of coronavirus cases in the world after the US, Brazil and Russia.
Earlier this week, Delhi surpassed Tamil Nadu to become the second worst-hit by coronavirus among various states and union territories. A high-level committee set up by Union Home Minister Amit Shah had recommended quarantine of contacts of all COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi and re-mapping of all containment zones to check the rapid spread of the coronavirus infection in the national capital.