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India’s COVID tally rises to 5.66 lakh

New Delhi: As the month-long ‘Unlock-1’ ends on Tuesday, India reported nearly 66 per cent of its COVID-19 cases in June alone.

India’s COVID-19 tally climbed to 5,66,840 with a single day spike of 18,522. From June 1, when relaxations were introduced under Unlock-1, the country has reported 3,76,305 cases.

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat account for nearly two-third of the total cases till now.

India reported its first case of coronavirus infection on January 30 from Kerala when a student who had returned from Wuhan, China tested positive. It is now the fourth worst-affected country in terms of cases after the US, Brazil and Russia.

The death toll rose to 16,893 on Tuesday after 418 new fatalities. It was the seventh day in a row that over 15,000 cases have been reported in the country.

The number of active cases stands at 2,15,125, while 3,34,821 people have recovered, and one patient has migrated, according to the updated data at 8 am.

 “Thus, around 59.07 per cent of patients have recovered so far,” an official said.

 Medical experts have pointed to the ramped up COVID-19 testing, now available more extensively and at a reasonable price, as a big reason for the spike in cases recently.

According to the ICMR,  a cumulative total of 86,08,654 samples have been tested up to June 29 with 2,10,292 samples been tested on Monday.

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