New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The number of coronavirus cases in India on Saturday crossed the 5 lakh-mark after the country reported a surge of 18,552 new cases in last 24 hours, biggest single day spike ever. The country on Saturday crossed the milestone of 5 lakh cases in just six days after crossing the 4 lakh-mark.

According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the highly contagious coronavirus has affected 5,08,953 people in India and claimed the lives of 15,685 so far. The active number of COVID-19 cases stands at 1,97,387. However, the recovery rate has also improved to 58.13 per cent as 2,95,881 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

The first coronavirus in the country was reported in Kerala on January 30, when a medical student who returned from China tested positive for the deadly infection. Then it took 111 days for India to cross the one lakh-mark while the two lakh-mark was crossed in just 15 days. After 10 days, the coronavirus cases in India crossed the 3 lakh-mark while it crossed the 4 lakh-mark in the next seven days. Now in just six days, the coronavirus cases in India have crossed the five lakh-mark.    

Here's the complete timeline of coronavirus cases in India:

June 27 – 5 lakh+ cases

June 21 – 4 lakh+ cases

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

In India, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with over 1.52 lakh coronavirus cases and more than 7,100 deaths. However, Delhi has also reported a surge of coronavirus cases in the last few days, becoming the second worst-hit state in India. The deadly infection has affected more than 77,000 and claimed nearly 2,500 lives in the national capital so far.

Amid this, the Union Home Ministry has said that a serological survey to undertake a comprehensive analysis of COVID-19 and prepare a broad strategy to combat the pandemic will be carried out in Delhi from Saturday. "Survey will begin from June 27, training of all the concerned survey teams was completed yesterday," a home ministry spokesperson tweeted.

Currently, India is the fourth worst-hit country by the novel coronavirus in the world after the United States of America, Brazil and Russia. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma