New Delhi: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 686 and the number of cases climbed to 21,700 in the country on Thursday, with 34 more deaths and 1,229 fresh cases reported since Wednesday evening, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The ministry's figure of 21,700 cases include 77 foreign nationals.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 16,689 as 4,324 people were cured and discharged, and one patient migrated, the ministry said. This means about 19.93% of the cases have recovered so far, said a ministry official.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 21,797 samples have been confirmed positive as of 9am on Thursday.
A total of 34 deaths were reported since Wednesday evening of which 18 were from Maharashtra, eight from Gujarat, three from Andhra Pradesh, two from Rajasthan, and one each from Delhi, Telangana and Madhya Pradesh, showed the ministry's data.
Of the 686 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 269, followed by Gujarat at 103, MP at 81, Delhi at 48, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh at 27 each, and Telangana at 24. The death toll reached 21 in Uttar Pradesh, 18 in Tamil Nadu and 17 in Karnataka.
Punjab has registered 16 deaths while West Bengal has reported 15 fatalities. 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 fatality each.
However, a PTI tally of the figures reported by various states on Thursday showed 721 deaths and 22,951 cases.
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 data updated in the evening, the highest number of confirmed cases are from Maharashtra at 5,652, followed by Gujarat at 2,407, Delhi at 2,248, Rajasthan at 1,890, MP at 1,695 and Tamil Nadu at 1,629.
The number of cases has gone up to 1,509 in UP, 960 in Telangana and 895 in Andhra Pradesh. This number has risen to 456 in West Bengal, 443 in Karnataka, 438 in Kerala, 407 in Jammu and Kashmir, 277 in Punjab and 262 in Haryana.
Bihar has reported 148 coronavirus cases, while Odisha has 83. Forty-nine people have been infected in Jharkhand and 46 in Uttarakhand. Himachal Pradesh has 40 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, and Goa and Puducherry have seven COVID-19 cases each. Manipur and Tripura have two cases each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.
(With inputs from PTI)