New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: As many as 8,300 COVID-19 infections were recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally near the alarming mark of 2 lakh cases. Meanwhile, the country's death toll has reached   after fatalities were reported in last one day. 

While thousands more have tested positive across states, the total number of cases stand at 1,98,706. However, recoveries in the country have also rose to 95,526. The number of active cases in the country stand at 97,581. 

The number of cases in Maharashtra - the worst-hit state in the country - have risen to over 70,000 with as many as 2,362 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu which has so far reported 23495 cases and 184 deaths. Delhi stands third in the list with over 20,000 confirmed cases and 523 fatalities.  

India is now the seventh worst hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy, according to the WHO's coronavirus tracker.

Globally, close to 62 lakh people have tested positive for the dreaded virus infection ever since it was first reported in China last December, while more than 3.72 lakh have lost their lives. However, close to 27 lakh have recovered worldwide since then and many countries have exited or begun exiting their respective lockdowns to revive stalled economies and safeguard the livelihood of the people.

In India, the number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 97,581 while 95,526 people have recovered, giving a recovery rate of 48.07 per cent, according to the the latest health ministry data.

On Monday, the health ministry said India's COVID-19 recovery rate has been improving and the rate of fatality has seen a steady decline to reach 2.83 per cent. It said the recovery rate has improved from 11.42 per cent on April 15 to 26.59 per cent on May 3 and to 38.29 per cent on May 18.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta