BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: India has recorded the biggest spike in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths in a single day on Tuesday as 3,900 new cases were reported and 195 COVID-19 patients died in hospitals in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases have reached 46,711 and 1,583 have lost their lives due to coronavirus.
The increase in case count is nearly a 50 per cent increase from the previous 24-hour record of 2,644 cases recorded on May 3. This takes the total to 46,433 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 1,568 deaths. About 12,727 patients have recovered so far.
Now, this comes a day after the Central government has given permission to open the liquor shops across the country on Monday. However, hours after liquor stores were re-opened across India on Monday morning, many shops across the country shut again as huge crowds gathered outside the outlets, flouting social distancing norms.
A total 179 deaths have been reported since Monday evening, of which 61 were from West Bengal, 35 from Maharashtra and 29 from Gujarat.
Of the 1,568 fatalities recorded so far, Maharashtra tops the tally with 583 deaths, followed by Gujarat at 319, Madhya Pradesh at 165, West Bengal at 133, Rajasthan at 77, Delhi at 64, Uttar Pradesh at 50 and Andhra Pradesh at 36.
The death toll reached 31 in Tamil Nadu and 29 in Telangana, while Karnataka has reported 27 fatalities due to the respiratory disease. Punjab has registered 23 deaths, Jammu and Kashmir eight, Haryana six and Kerala and Bihar have reported four deaths each. Jharkhand has recorded three COVID-19 fatalities so far.
More than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to co-morbidity, the ministry said on its website.
According to the health ministry data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra with 14,541 cases, followed by Gujarat 5,804 cases, Delhi 4,898 cases, Tamil Nadu 3,550 cases, Rajasthan 3,061, Madhya Pradesh 2,942 and Uttar Pradesh 2,766.
The number of confirmed cases has gone up to 1,650 in Andhra Pradesh and 1,259 in West Bengal.
It has risen to 1,233 in Punjab, 1,085 in Telengana, 726 in Jammu and Kashmir, 651 in Karnataka, 528 in Bihar and 517 in Haryana.
Kerala has reported 500 coronavirus cases so far, while Odisha has 169. A total of 115 people have been infected by the virus in Jharkhand and 102 in Chandigarh.
Uttarakhand has reported 60 cases so far, Chhattisgarh 58, Assam 43 and Ladakh and Himachal Pradesh have registered 41 cases each so far.
Thirty-three COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Tripura has registered 29 cases, Meghalaya has reported 12, Puducherry eight and Goa has recorded seven cases so far. Manipur has two cases. Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.
“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said on its website. State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it said.