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New Delhi, May 24, 2020
India today reported 147 more deaths due to coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the toll to 3,867, even as the total number of cases rose to 131,868 with 6,767 new cases of infection recorded during the past 24 hours -- the highest in a single day so far.
This is the third consecutive day that the country has recorded in excess of 6,000 new cases of infection after adding more than 5,600 cases each in the previous two days.
Figures released by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare this morning showed that Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, accounted for 60 of the 147 new deaths, followed by 27 in Gujarat, 23 in Delhi, nine in Madhya Pradesh, seven in Rajasthan, five in Tamil Nadu, four each in Telangana and West Bengal, three in Uttar Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka and Uttarakhand.
In Maharashtra, with 60 more deaths, the toll has touched 1,577 and with 2,608 new cases, the total number of infected persons has gone up to 47,190. The state has been recording fatalities of more than 50 and more than 2,00 new patients every day for the past one week now.
State capital Mumbai recorded 40 of the 60 new fatalities, taking the toll in the city to 909, while the total number of cases in the metropolis has gone up by 1,566 to 28,817.
In Gujarat, with 27 more deaths, the toll has gone up to 829, while 396 new cases took the total number of infected persons to 13,669.
Within Gujarat, Ahmedabad, the financial capital of the state, the total number of cases has gone up to 10,001 with 277 more positive cases on Saturday. It also accounted for 24 of the 27 deaths in the state.
Gujart has reported more than 20 deaths every day since the start of May and a total of 615 patients, out of the total of 829 so far, have succumbed to the virus during this month in the state. Ahmedabad accounted for 669 of these 829 deaths.
Of the total 3,867 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 1,577, followed by 829 in Gujarat, 281 in Madhya Pradesh, 269 in West Bengal, 231 in Delhi, 160 in Rajasthan, 155 in Uttar Pradesh, 103 in Tamil Nadu, 56 in Andhra Pradesh, 49 in Telangana, 42 in Karnataka, 39 in Punjab, 21 in Jammu & Kashmir, 16 in Haryana, 11 in Bihar, seven in Odisha, four each in Assam, Jharkhand and Kerala, three each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, two in Uttarakhand and one in Meghalaya.
The total of 1,31,868 cases so far includes those who have died as well as 54,441 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 73,560 as of this morning, up 3,963 in the past 24 hours.
The number of patients who have recovered has gone up by 2,657 in the past 24 hours and the recovery rate is now 41.28%.
Of the total of 1,31,868 cases so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest at 47,190, followed by 15,512 in Tamil Nadu, 13,664 in Gujarat, 12,910 in Delhi, 6,742 in Rajasthan, 6,371 in Madhya Pradesh, 6,017 in Uttar Pradesh, 3,459 in West Bengal, 2,757 in Andhra Pradesh, 2,380 in Bihar, 2,045 in Punjab, 1,959 in Karnataka, 1,813 in Telangana, 1,569 in Jammu and Kashmir, 1,269 in Odisha, 1,131 in Haryana, 795 in Kerala, 350 in Jharkhand, 329 in Assam, 244 in Uttarakhand, 225 in Chandigarh, 214 in Chhattisgarh, 189 in Tripura, 185 in Himachal Pradesh, 55 in Goa, 49 in Ladakh, 33 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 29 in Manipur, 26 in Puducherry, 14 in Meghalaya, two in Dadra & Nagar Haveli, and one each in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram.
The Ministry said 2,338 cases were being re-assigned to various states.