New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India's COVID-19 count on Friday crossed two grim milestones of 10 lakh cases and 25,000 deaths, even as the Centre said active cases now constituted one-third of the total infections. The active currently stand at 3,42,473 while 6,35,756 patitnts have recovered so far. The death toll currently stands at 25,602

Starting mid-June, when India crossed the 50 per cent mark in the recovery rate, there has been a steady increase in the number of recovered patients, with the recovery rate above 63 per cent. 

As many as 34,956 new infections and 687 fatalties - both biggest single-day spikes till date - were reported on Thursday. It was for the fifth consecutive day that COVID-19 cases have increased by more than 28,000. The huge surge in cases has led several states to reimpose lockdown for varying periods.

Just two states -- Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu -- account for 48 per cent of the country's total active caseload. Ten states including Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu reported 84.62 per cent of the total active caseload, the Health Ministry said on Thursday, adding the Centre continues to handhold these states in matters of containment and effective clinical management.  

Name of State / UT Active Cases* Cured/Discharged/Migrated* Deaths** Total Confirmed cases*
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 47 133 0 180
Andhra Pradesh 18159 19393 492 38044
Arunachal Pradesh 387 153 3 543
Assam 6818 12888 48 19754
Bihar 7549 14018 197 21764
Chandigarh 164 476 11 651
Chhattisgarh 1260 3451 21 4732
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 179 371 2 552
Delhi 17407 97693 3545 118645
Goa 1272 1817 19 3108
Gujarat 11289 32103 2089 45481
Haryana 5495 18185 322 24002
Himachal Pradesh 382 984 11 1377
Jammu and Kashmir 5488 6446 222 12156
Jharkhand 2069 2513 42 4624
Karnataka 30661 19729 1032 51422
Kerala 5376 4862 37 10275
Ladakh 176 970 1 1147
Madhya Pradesh 5562 14127 689 20378
Maharashtra 114947 158140 11194 284281
Manipur 635 1129 0 1764
Meghalaya 309 66 2 377
Mizoram 112 160 0 272
Nagaland 525 391 0 916
Odisha 4436 10877 79 15392
Puducherry 774 947 22 1743
Punjab 2587 6277 230 9094
Rajasthan 6666 19970 538 27174
Sikkim 155 88 0 243
Tamil Nadu 46717 107416 2236 156369
Telangana 13327 27295 396 41018
Tripura 676 1604 3 2283
Uttarakhand 937 2995 50 3982
Uttar Pradesh 15720 26675 1046 43441
West Bengal 13679 21415 1023 36117
Cases being reassigned to states 531     531
Total# 342473 635757 25602 1003832

India's first COVID-19 case was detected on January 30 in Kerala. The country took only three days to cross the 9-lakh mark after crossing the 8-lakh mark on July 11.

Amid the fearing rise in cases and deaths, the country's hopes to contain the pandemic rests on two indigenous vaccine candidates, one of which has already entered the human trial phase.  

On Thursday, the ministry said that as per the “test, trace, treat” strategy, the central government is driving enhanced testing initiatives in states and union territories as a result, of which there has been a steady rise in the number of testing labs across the country.

The increased testing is in accordance with the Indian Council of Medical Research(ICMR) guidelines and has helped in early detection of cases.

The testing includes the RT-PCR which is the golden standard of the COVID-19 testing. This has been augmented with Rapid Antigen Point of Care (POC) testing that gives results within half-hour.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta