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India's Coronavirus Tally Crosses 9 Lakh, Nearly 40% of 28,498 Fresh Cases from Southern States

Health workers arrive to screen people at a slum in Mumbai on Friday. (AP)

Health workers arrive to screen people at a slum in Mumbai on Friday. (AP)

The total coronavirus caseload in the country surged to 9,06,752 as 28,498 fresh cases were recorded in a day, the third straight day that the daily case count was over 28,000.

India's Covid-19 tally raced past the nine lakh mark on Tuesday, just three days after it crossed eight lakhs, according to the Union health ministry data.

The total coronavirus caseload in the country surged to 9,06,752 as 28,498 fresh cases were recorded in a day, the third straight day that the daily case count was over 28,000. The death toll mounted to 23,727 with 553 people succumbing to the disease in 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am on Tuesday showed.

Of the total instances of the infection, the number of recoveries stood at 5,71,459, leaving 3,11,565 cases active. "Thus, around 63.02 per cent of patients have recovered so far," an official said.

Of the total cases reported in the last 24 hours, 39 per cent were recorded from the southern states.

The march of coronavirus infection in the country has picked up pace with the number of cases increasing by more than 26,000 for the fifth consecutive day. It took 110 days for the COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh and just 56 days more to go past the nine-lakh mark.

Of the 553 deaths reported in 24 hours, 193 are from Maharashtra, 73 from Karnataka, 66 from Tamil Nadu, 40 from Delhi, 37 from Andhra Pradesh, 24 from West Bengal, 21 from Uttar Pradesh, 17 from Bihar, 15 from Rajasthan, 10 each from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Telangana has reported nine fatalities followed by Jammu and Kashmir eight, Haryana seven, Odisha six, Punjab five, Jharkhand and Goa three each, Kerala and Uttarakhand two each, while Assam and Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu have recorded one death each.