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Coronavirus Infections in India Cross 20,000-mark as Death Toll Rises to 652

Representative Image.(Reuters)

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said 49 deaths and 1,486 new cases were reported nationwide since Tuesday evening.

New Delhi: The countrywide COVID-19 death toll rose to 652 and the number of cases to 20,471 on Wednesday, an increase of 49 fatalities and 1,486 cases since Tuesday evening, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 15,859, while 3,959 people have been cured and discharged, the ministry said, adding one patient has migrated. This means over 19% of the cases have recovered so far, said a ministry official.

The total number of cases includes 77 foreign nationals who were tested positive in India.

Of the 49 deaths reported since Tuesday evening, 19 were from Maharashtra, 18 from Gujarat, four from Madhya Pradesh, three from West Bengal, two from Andhra Pradesh, and one each from Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Of the 652 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 251, followed by Gujarat at 95, MP at 80, Delhi at 47, Rajasthan at 25, Andhra Pradesh at 24 and Telangana at 23. The toll touched 21 in Uttar Pradesh, 18 in Tamil Nadu and 17 in Karnataka.

Punjab has registered 16 deaths, while West Bengal has reported 15 fatalities due to coronavirus infection so far.

The disease has claimed five lives in Jammu and Kashmir, while Kerala, Jharkhand and Haryana have recorded three deaths each.

Bihar has reported two deaths, while Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported one each.

However, a PTI tally of the figures reported by various states as on Wednesday showed 20,564 cases and 654 deaths in the country.

There has been a lag in the ministry figures compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.

According to the ministry's data updated on Wednesday evening, the highest number of confirmed cases are from Maharashtra at 5,221, followed by Gujarat at 2,272, Delhi at 2,156, Rajasthan at 1,801, Tamil Nadu at 1,596 and MP at 1,592.

The number of cases has gone up to 1,412 in UP, 945 in Telangana and 813 in Andhra Pradesh. It has risen to 427 in Kerala, 425 in Karnataka, 423 in West Bengal, 380 in Jammu and Kashmir, 254 in Haryana and 251 in Punjab. Bihar has reported 126 coronavirus cases, while Odisha has 82.

Forty-six people have been infected with the virus in Uttarakhand while Jharkhand has 45 cases. Himachal Pradesh has 39 cases, Chhattisgarh 36, and Assam 35.

Chandigarh has 27 COVID-19 cases, Ladakh 18, while 17 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Meghalaya has reported 12 cases, while Goa and Puducherry have seven COVID-19 patients each. Manipur and Tripura have two cases each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case each.

(With inputs from PTI)