Coronavirus: 986 deaths in 24 hours; Health Ministry says 50% from 25 districts

 Coronavirus: 986 deaths in 24 hours; Health Ministry says 50% from 25 districts

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Ten states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, account for 77 per cent of the active cases in the country.

India detected 72,049 cases and 986 deaths due to Covid-19 in the 24 hours ending 9 am Wednesday. This takes the country’s tally to 67,57,132, including 9,07,883 active cases, 57,44,694 recoveries and 1,04,555 deaths.

The Union Health Ministry Monday said nearly 50 per cent of the deaths due to Covid-19 in India were concentrated in 25 districts in eight states. Of this, 15 districts were in Maharashtra. Addressing the press, Union Health Ministry Secretary Rajesh Bhushan said India had the highest number of recoveries from the disease, at over 56 lakh, and has also conducted the second-highest number of tests, at 8.10 crore. Active Covid-19 cases have been below 10 lakh for the last two weeks, while the recovery rate has improved to 84 per cent, he added.

Ten states, including Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, account for 77 per cent of the active cases in the country.

Globally, over 35.7 million people have been infected with the disease while more than one million have succumbed. More than 24 million people have recovered.

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