India Sees Biggest Jump In New Covid-19 Cases In Nearly Six
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As many as 72,330 more people tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,22,21,665, said Union health ministry. This is the biggest jump in the daily infections the country has seen in nearly six months. Nearly 74,000 cases were reported on 10 October last year.

Five states -- Maharashtra, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab and Chhattisgarh -- cumulatively account for over 79% of the total Covid-19 active cases in the country. Among these, Maharashtra continues to be the biggest contributor to the daily tally. The state reported 39,544 fresh coronavirus infections on March 31.

In addition to this, 459 more people succumbed to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll in the country to 1,62,927. The fatality count has seen a major jump when compared to March 31, when the number stood at 354. As many as 40,382 people recuperate from the disease in the same duration. The total number of recoveries in the country now stands at 1,14,74,683.

As a result, there are 5,84,055 active cases in the country currently. The active tally had breached the five-lakh mark on March 29 and is now close to crossing six-lakh cases again. India's Covid-19 tally had crossed the 20 lakh mark on 7 August, 30 lakh on 23 August, 40 lakh on 5 September and 50 lakh on 16 September. It went past 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October, crossed 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and surpassed the one-crore mark on 19 December.

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