India registered its biggest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases, recording 17,296 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, to push the overall tally to 4,90,401 lakh as the number of fatalities touched 15,301, government data this morning shows. 407 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
However, the recovery rate has improved to 58.24 per cent, according to the Union Health Ministry figures, with 2,85,637 patients recovering.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and West Bengal.
Maharashtra recorded the highest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases with 4,841 new cases, pushing the state's case count to 1,47,741. 192 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Mumbai reported 1,365 new cases with the state capital's tally now at 70,990 cases. Even though the death rate of 4.69 per cent is a worry, what comes as a relief is that the recovery rate - number of patients who have successfully fought the illness - in Maharashtra and Mumbai are above 50 per cent.
Tamil Nadu - the state with the second highest number of coronavirus cases - saw a single-day high of 3,509 people testing positive over the last 24 hours. Chennai accounts for nearly 2,000 of these fresh cases. The spike comes at a time when Chennai and Madurai are under a total lockdown.