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India overtakes Spain’s COVID-19 tally, becomes fifth worst-hit nation

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New Delhi, June 07: India went past Spain on Saturday to become the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 after a record spike in cases for four consecutive days pushed its total infections to more than 2,45,670, according to the Johns Hopkins University. Spain so far has recorded 2,41,310 cases.

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According to the data, India surpassed Italy and then Spain to reach the grim milestone, in just 24 hours. Now only the United States, Brazil, Russia and the United Kingdom have more cases than India.

India reports hghest single-day spike of 9,971 new COVID-19 cases

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    The health ministry data said India reported 9,887 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike so far.

    The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 1,15,942, while 1,14,072 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the Union Health Ministry said.

    "Thus, around 48.20 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said.

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    Of the 294 deaths reported since Friday morning, 139 were in Maharashtra, 58 in Delhi, 35 in Gujarat, 12 each in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, 11 in West Bengal, eight in Telangana, seven in Madhya Pradesh, five in Rajasthan, two in Andhra Pradesh and one each in Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha, Punjab Jharkhand and Uttarakhand.

    Of the total 6,642 fatalities, Maharashtra tops tally with 2,849 deaths followed by Gujarat with 1,190 deaths, Delhi with 708, Madhya Pradesh with 384, West Bengal with 366, Uttar Pradesh with 257,?Tamil Nadu with 232, Rajasthan with 218, Telangana with 113 and Andhra Pradesh with 73 deaths.

    The death toll reached 57 in Karnataka and 48 in Punjab.

    Jammu and Kashmir has reported 36 fatalities due to the disease, Bihar has 29, Haryana has 24 deaths, Kerala has 14, Uttarakhand has 11, Odisha has eight and Jharkhand has reported seven deaths so far.

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    Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh have registered five COVID-19 fatalities each. Assam has recorded four deaths, while Chhattisgarh has reported two deaths so far.

    Meghalaya and Ladakh have reported one COVID-19 fatality each, according to the ministry data.

    According to the ministry's website, more than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities.

    According to the health ministry data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 80,229, followed by Tamil Nadu at 28,694, Delhi at 26,334, Gujarat at 19,094, Rajasthan at 10,084,?Uttar Pradesh at 9,733 and Madhya Pradesh at 8,996.

    The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 7,303 in West Bengal,?4,835 in Karnataka,?4,596 in Bihar and 4,303 in Andhra Pradesh.

    It has risen to 3,597 in Haryana,?3,324 in Jammu and Kashmir, 3,290 in Telangana and 2,608 in Odisha.

    Punjab has reported 2,461 coronavirus infections so far, while Assam has 2,153 cases. A total of 1,699 people have been infected with the virus in Kerala and 1,215 in Uttarakhand.

    Jharkhand has registered 881 cases, Chhattisgarh has 879, Tripura has 692, Himachal Pradesh has?393, Chandigarh has 304 cases, Goa has 196, Manipur has 132 and Puducherry has 99 cases.

    Ladakh has 97 COVID-19 cases, Nagaland has 94, Arunachal Pradesh has 45, while Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Meghalaya have registered 33 infections each.

    Mizoram has reported 22 cases and Dadar and Nagar Haveli has 14 cases, while Sikkim has reported three cases till now.

    "8,192 cases are being reassigned to states," the ministry said on its website adding "our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR."

    State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it said.

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