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India reports highest number of daily Covid-19 cases at 22,771

while the death toll rose to 18,655 with 442 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry's data.

New Delhi-  With 22,771 people testing positive for the Covid-19 in a day, the highest so far, India’s Covid-19 tally climbed to 6,48,315 on Saturday, while the death toll rose to 18,655 with 442 new fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry’s data.

With a steady rise, the number of recoveries stands at 3,94,226 with 14,335 Covid-19 patients having been cured in the last 24 hours, according to the updated data at 8 am.

The number of recovered patients exceeded the active cases by 1,58,793 as of Saturday.

There are 2,35,433 active cases of Covid-19 presently in the country, the data showed.

“The recovery rate has further increased to 60.81 per cent,” the Union Health Ministry said.

The total number of confirmed cases also include foreigners.

This is the second consecutive day when coronavirus cases have increased by more than 20,000. There has been a surge of 4,57,780 Covid-19 cases from June 1 till date.

Of the 442 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, 198 are from Maharashtra, 64 from Tamil Nadu, 59 from Delhi, 21 from Karnataka, 18 each from Gujarat and West Bengal, 14 from Uttar Pradesh, 10 from Rajasthan, eight each from Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, five from Punjab, four each from Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir, three from Bihar, and two each from Assam and Odisha.

Of the total 18,655 deaths reported so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest 8,376 fatalities, followed by Delhi with 2,923 deaths, Gujarat with 1,904, Tamil Nadu with 1,385, Uttar Pradesh with 749, West Bengal with 717, Madhya Pradesh with 593, Rajasthan with 440 and Karnataka with 293.

The Covid-19 death toll reached 283 in Telangana,255 in Haryana, 206 in Andhra Pradesh, 157 in Punjab, 119 in Jammu and Kashmir, 80 in Bihar, 42 in Uttarakhand, 29 in Odisha and 25 in Kerala.

Jharkhand has registered 15 deaths, Chhattisgarh and Assam 14 each, Puducherry 12, Himachal Pradesh 10, Chandigarh six, Goa four and Meghalaya, Tripura, Ladakh and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one fatality each, according to the Health Ministry.

More than 70 per cent deaths took place due to comorbidities, it said.

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