India reports highest single-day toll with 4,529 deaths, 2,67,334 nCoV cases

New Delhi, May 19 (Agency) India saw 4,529 new fatalities due to the Novel Coronavirus, the highest single-day spike since the onset of the pandemic last year, taking the total number of COVID deaths in the country to 2,83,248, according to the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday.

India’s daily COVID-19 tally was below the three-lakh mark for the third day in a row, as it recorded 2,67,334 new cases, pushing the total number of infections in the country to 2,54,96,330. The active caseload in the country is 32,26,719 comprising 12.66 per cent of the total infections while 2,19,86,363 people have recovered from disease so far amounting 86.23 per cent of the recovery rate.

Meanwhile, the case fatality rate is 1.11 per cent. According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 32,03,01,177 samples have been tested so far for coronavirus, of which record 20,08,296 tests were conducted in the past one day. On the vaccination front, total 18,58,09,302 people have been vaccinated across the country till now, of which 13,12,155 doses administered in the past 24 hours.

Maharashtra, which has been the most-affected state in the country, saw highest 1,291 deaths in the past 24 hours, followed by Karnataka (525), Tamil Nadu (364), New Delhi (265), Uttar Pradesh (255), Punjab (231), Chhattisgarh (153), Rajasthan (146) and West Bengal (145), Haryana (124) and Bihar (111). On Tuesday, India had recorded 2,63,533 new Covid-19 cases and 4,329 deaths. On Monday, 2,81,386 cases and 4,106 were registered.