New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India on Sunday surpassed Spain to become the fifth worst-hit country in the world by the highly contagious coronavirus. According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India’s tally of COVID-19 infections reached 2,46,628 on Sunday morning, surpassing Spain’s tally of 2,41,310 cases.

Now, only United States (US), Brazil, Russia and United Kingdom (UK) are ahead of India in terms of the number of coronavirus cases. US has reported 19,65,708 cases and 1,11,390 deaths. Brazil is the second worst-hit country with 646,006 cases and 35,047 deaths. Brazil is followed by Russia with 449,834 cases and 5,528 deaths while UK has reported 288,058 cases and 283,311 cases.

However, India is still far behind in number of fatalities caused by coronavirus as the country has reported 6,642 deaths so far.

The number of coronavirus cases in India are surging at an alarming rate in the country. On Sunday, India reported the highest single-day spike of 9,971 COVID-19 cases and 287 deaths.

According to the data available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the dreadful coronavirus has affected over 2.46 lakh people in India. The Health Ministry data says that there are 1,20,406 active coronavirus cases.

However, there has been a significant jump in the recovery rate too, which is also among the 10 highest in the world. The recovery rate in India currently stands at 48.36 per cent as 1,19,293 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.      

Here is the timeline of cases till 2 lakh-mark India:

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

An analysis of the numbers announced by various states and UTs showed that the total number of confirmed cases across the four main metropolitan regions of Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai has risen to close to 1.14 lakh -- accounting for nearly 48 per cent of the nationwide tally. Their collective count of fatalities has also neared 3,150, which is more than 46 per cent of the nationwide death count.

The numbers would get much higher if the areas from adjoining districts get added to the tallies of these top metro cities. In case of Delhi, some of the areas of the so-called national capital region fall in neighbouring states of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.

The worrying figures come days after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) eased several restrictions under "Unlock 1.0" and extended lockdown in containment zones till June 30.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma