Maharashtra, the worst-hit state by the deadly COVID-19 outbreak, has more cases of infections than the national average. As per data released by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India's average of new coronavirus cases is 6.67 per 100, but Maharastra's number is more than double at 16.
In the last 24 hours (between Wednesday and Thursday), 1,39,485 tests of COVID-19 have been conducted across the country, said ICMR. The total number of tests conducted for the highly infectious virus is 42,42,718.
Maharastra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat continue to be in the run for the top 4 most affected states in the country. There are 77,793 patients of Covid-19 and 2,710 people have died so far in Maharashtra, while Tamil Nadu has 27,256 cases and 220 fatalities. In Delhi, the coronavirus tally has reached beyond 25,000 and the death toll is at 650. The number of COVID-19 cases in Gujarat is lower than that of the national capital at 18,584, the western state’s death toll is higher at 1,155.
The situation in Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, however, has improved.
If cases of coronavirus in the country continue to surge at the current rate, India will soon leave Italy behind to become the sixth worst-affected country. Italy so far has 2,33,836 cases of the highly infectious virus, whereas the number has reached 2,26,770 in India.
India is currently the seventh worst hit country after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy. In terms of the number of deaths, India ranks 12th at present, while it is placed at eighth place in terms of recoveries.