India’s Covid-19 tally stands at 207,615; death toll nears 6,000


Passengers sit maintaining social distancing at a waiting lounge after check-in at the departure terminal of Bangalore International Airport in Bangalore, on June 2, 2020. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Passengers sit maintaining social distancing at a waiting lounge after check-in at the departure terminal of Bangalore International Airport in Bangalore, on June 2, 2020. (Photo by MANJUNATH KIRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA registered a record jump of 8,909 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 207,615 on Wednesday (3), while the toll rose to 5,815 with 217 more deaths, the health ministry said.

The number of active cases mounted to 101,497 and 100,302 people have recovered, while one has migrated, the ministry said. The recovery rate in India is around 48.31 per cent now.

India is now the seventh among the worst-hit nations by the Covid-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy. Of the 217 more deaths since Tuesday (2) morning, 103 were in Maharashtra, 33 in Delhi, 29 in Gujarat, 13 in Tamil Nadu and 10 in West Bengal,      Six more people died from the pathogen in Madhya Pradesh, followed by five each in Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and four in Telangana.

There were two deaths each in Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir, and one each in Kerala, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Punjab and Uttarakhand..       Of the total 5,815 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the list with 2,465 deaths followed by 1,092 in Gujarat and 556 in Delhi.

In Madhya Pradesh, 364 people have died so far, followed by 335 in West Bengal, 222 in Uttar Pradesh and 203 in Rajasthan. Tamil Nadu has registered 197 deaths so far, while there have been 92 fatalities in Telangana and 64 in Andhra Pradesh.  Fifty-two people have succumbed to the infection in Karnataka, followed by 46 in Punjab, 33 in Jammu and Kashmir, and 24 in Bihar.

Haryana has registered 23 fatalities, while the toll in Kerala is 11. There have been seven deaths each in Odisha and Uttarakhand. Five Covid-19 fatalities each have been reported from Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Jharkhand, while four have died in Assam.  One person each have died due to the pandemic in Meghalaya, Chhattisgarh and Ladakh, according to the data. More than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities, the health ministry said.