In the last 24 hours, Maharashtra (7,827), Tamil Nadu (4,244), Karnataka (2,627), Andhra Pradesh (1,933) and Delhi (1,573) were the top five states that reported the highest number of fresh infections.
Most coronavirus-linked deaths on Sunday were reported from Maharashtra (173), Karnataka (71), Tamil Nadu (68), Delhi (37) and West Bengal (26).
While the recovery rate, indicating the ratio of total patients reported to total cases, stood at 63.01 per cent this morning; the positivity rate stood at 13.09 per cent.
With nearly 2.54 lakh cases, Maharashtra is the worst-hit in the country by the outbreak. Over 1,4 lakh people have recovered here so far. However, the WHO on Saturday praised the state's efforts in containing the spread of the illness in Asia's biggest slum - Mumbai's Dharavi.
In Pune, one of Maharashtra's COVID-19 hotspots, a full lockdown will be enforced from Monday midnight till July 23 to break the chain of transmission. Only milk shops, pharmacies, doctors' clinics and emergency services will be allowed during the shutdown period, the government said.
In Uttar Pradesh, which has recorded over 36,000 cases, state government has decided to implement strict lockdown on weekends, a senior official said on Sunday.
The recovery rate in Delhi, which is the third worst-hit in India by the pandemic, has improved to around 80 percent, Arvind Kejriwal government's data showed yesterday; death rate has dropped to 2.99 per cent. Of 1.12 lakh total cases, nearly 90 thousand patients have recovered so far.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday appreciated the efforts of the Centre, state and the local authorities in containing the COVID-19 situation in Delhi, and directed that a similar approach be replicated in checking the pandemic in the entire NCR area.
Worldwide, the coronavirus count has surged to 1.29 crore cases; over 5.69 lakh patients have died.
The United States- epicentre of the pandemic - recorded over 60,000 new cases on Sunday, taking the tally to 33 lakh cases.
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