Medical staff wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) gear conduct a door-to-door medical screening inside Dharavi slums to fight against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on June 24, 2020. - The epidemic has badly hit India's densely populated major cities -- including the national capital New Delhi and the financial hub Mumbai -- with reports of hospitals being overwhelmed and patients struggling to find beds. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / AFP) (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA reported 16,922 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday (25), its highest single-day tally so far. With this, the total cases in the country climbed to 473,105. A total of 271,696 patients have been cured so far of coronavirus in India. The recovery rate in the country is 57.42 per cent now.

The country reported 418 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The death toll has gone up to 14,894, according to the health ministry.

During the last 24 hours, a total of 13,012 covid-19 patients have been cured. Currently, there are 186,514 active cases in the country, the ministry said.

According to medical research body ICMR, over 7.5 million samples have been tested for Covid-19 till June 24. And on Wednesday (24), over 200,000 samples were tested.

The apex health research body recently validated the 1,000th testing laboratory in the country, ramping up the capacity for detection of covid in the country. Of the 1,000 testing laboratories, 730 are in government setups while 270 are in the private sector.

Among the states, Maharashtra has reported 1,42,900 cases, followed by Delhi at 70,390 and Tamil Nadu at 67,468. Gujarat has reported 28,943 cases, Uttar Pradesh 19,557 and Rajasthan 16,009.

Maharashtra has accounted for 6,739 covid-related deaths while Delhi 2,365 and Gujarat at 1,735.

Globally, coronavirus has hit 9.4 million people and over 480,000 fatalities have been reported so far. It is rising by about one million cases per week. India has fourth highest number of coronavirus cases in the world, after the US, Brazil and Russia. The US has reported over 2.3 million cases with over 120,000 deaths.

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