New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India on Saturday achieved the undesirable mark of 3 lakh coronavirus cases in the country. With 11,458 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India's tally on Saturday reached 3,08,993 while the death toll climbed to 8,884, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

According to the data available at the Health Ministry website, there are 1,45,779 active coronavirus cases in the country. Meanwhile, the recovery rate has also improved to 49.94 per cent as 1,54,330 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.   

The first case of the highly contagious coronavirus was reported in Kerala on January 30, when a medical student who returned from China tested positive for the novel infection. The cases took 111 days to reach 1 lakh and just 15 days to cross two lakh mark. Now in just ten day, the number of coronavirus cases in India have crossed the three lakh-mark. As per official data, it took 76 days for cases to reach 10,000-mark, and 35 days to reach 1 lakh.

This comes at a time when the country has entered the "Unlock 1.0", the first phase of the Centre's three-phase plan to ease out the restrictions in the country.  

Here's the timeline of cases in India:

June 13- 3 lakh + cases

June 3- 2 lakh + cases

May 19 - 1 lakh+ cases

May 15 - 80,000+ cases

May 10 - 60,000+ cases

May 3 - 40,000+ cases

April 22 - 20,000+ cases

April 14 - 10,000+ cases

January 30 - First case reported in Kerala

Maharashtra is the worst affected state with 1,01,141 cases and 3,717 fatalities while 47,796 have recovered from the deadly virus. Tamil Nadu is at the second spot with 40,698 cases with 367 deaths. Meanwhile, Delhi has reported 36,824 cases with 1,214 deaths. Gujarat has reported 22,527 case and 1,415 fatalities.

India is the fourth worst-hit nation by the COVID-pandemic 19 after the US, Brazil and Russia. While the US has reported more than 20 lakh confirmed cases so far, the tally for Brazil is over 8 lakh and for Russia more than 5 lakh.

Globally, more than 4 lakh have lost their lives and over 75 lakh have tested positive for COVID-19 since its emergence in China last December. However, nearly 36 lakh have recovered too.

Posted By: James Kuanal