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New Delhi, July 18, 2020
India today reported 671 more deaths due to coronavirus (COVID-19), taking the toll to 26,273, and 34,884 new cases of infection, sending the total zooming to 1,038,716 so far, as the deadly virus continued to spread in several parts of the country.
India is now placed third in the world in terms of the total number of COVID-19 cases, after the United States and Brazil, ahead of Russia which is now in fourth place.
In terms of the number of deaths, India remains at the eighth spot, after the US, Brazil, the UK, Italy, Mexico, France and Spain.
This is the third consecutive day that the country has reported more than 600 deaths, the eighth consecutive day that it has reported 500 or more deaths, the 15th consecutive day that it has reported more than 400 deaths and the 36th consecutive day that it has reported more than 300 deaths. It has reported more than 200 deaths each day since the beginning of June.
The highest number of deaths in a single day, 687, and the highest number of new cases in a day -- 34,956 -- were reported yesterday (July 17).
This is the third consecutive day that the country has reported more than 30,000 new cases of infection in a 24-hour period, the seventh consecutive day that it has recorded more than 28,000 new cases and the 16th consecutive day that it has recorded more than 20,000 new cases.
On the positive side, for the 36th day running, the number of patients who have recovered from the infection is more than the number of active coronavirus cases in the country.
Figures released by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare this morning showed that the 671 new deaths reported today included 258 in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, 115 in Karnataka, 79 in Tamil Nadu, 42 in Andhra Pradesh, 38 in Uttar Pradesh, 26 each in Delhi and West Bengal, 17 in Gujarat, nine each in Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab, eight each in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, seven in Telangana, five in Haryana, four each in Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha, three each in Assam and Puducherry, two each in Chhattisgarh and Goa, and one each in Kerala and Uttarakhand.
Of the total of 26,273 deaths in India so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest at 11,452, followed by 3,571 in Delhi, 2,315 in Tamil Nadu, 2,106 in Gujarat, 1,147 in Karnataka, 1,084 in Uttar Pradesh, 1,049 in West Bengal, 697 in Madhya Pradesh, 546 in Rajasthan, 534 in Andhra Pradesh, 403 in Telangana, 327 in Haryana, 239 in Punjab, 231 in Jammu & Kashmir, 201 in Bihar, 83 in Odisha, 51 each in Assam and Uttarakhand, 46 in Jharkhand, 38 in Kerala, 25 in Puducherry, 23 in Chhattisgarh, 21 in Goa, 11 each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, three each in Arunachal Pradesh and Tripura, two each in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu and in Meghalaya, and one in Ladakh.
The total of 1,038,716 cases so far includes the 26,273 patients who have died as well as 653,751 patients who have recovered, which means that the number of active cases in the country stood at 358,692 as of this morning, up 16,219 from yesterday.
The number of patients who have recovered has gone up by 17,994 in the past 24 hours and the recovery rate stood at 62.93%, according to the data.
Of the total of 1,038,716 cases so far, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number at 292,589, followed by 160,907 in Tamil Nadu, 120,107 in Delhi, 55,115 in Karnataka, 46,430 in Gujarat, 45,163 in Uttar Pradesh, 42,496 in Telangana, 40,646 in Andhra Pradesh, 38,011 in West Bengal, 27,789 in Rajasthan, 24,797 in Haryana, 23,589 in Bihar, 21,081 in Madhya Pradesh, 20,646 in Assam, 16,110 in Odisha, 12,757 in Jammu & Kashmir, 11,066 in Kerala, 9,442 in Punjab, 4,964 in Chhattisgarh, 4,921 in Jharkhand, 4,102 in Uttarakhand, 3,304 in Goa, 2,366 in Tripura, 1,832 in Puducherry, 1,800 in Manipur, 1,417 in Himachal Pradesh, 1,151 in Ladakh, 956 in Nagaland, 660 in Chandigarh, 609 in Arunachal Pradesh, 585 in Dadra & Nagar Haveli and Daman & Diu, 403 in Meghalaya, 282 in Mizoram, 266 in Sikkim and 194 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
The Ministry said 163 cases were being re-assigned to various states.