COVID tally over 1.25 lakh, 137 more deaths

NEW DELHI, May 23:  COVID-19 cases in India today saw the highest single-day spike for the second consecutive day with 6,654 new infections reported in a 24-hour span, taking the tally to over 1.25 lakh, while the death toll rose to 3,720 after 137 more fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry.
According to the Ministry bulletin, the active cases of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) rose to 69,597, while 51,783 people have recovered and a patient has migrated.
“Thus, around 41.39 percent patients have recovered so far,” a Ministry official said.
The total of 1,25,101 confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus pandemic includes foreigners.
Of the 137 deaths reported since Friday morning, 63 were in Maharashtra, 29 in Gujarat, 14 each from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, six from West Bengal, four from Tamil Nadu, two each from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, and one from Haryana.
Of the total toll of 3,720, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,517 deaths, followed by Gujarat at 802, Madhya Pradesh at 272, West Bengal at 265 and Delhi at 208.
The number of deaths due to the contagion in Rajasthan is 153, while 152 people died in Uttar Pradesh, 98 in Tamil Nadu and 55 in Andhra Pradesh.
The COVID-19 death toll reached 45 in Telangana, 41 in Karnataka and 39 in Punjab.
Seven people have succumbed to the disease in Odisha, and four each in Kerala and Assam so far.
Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh each have recorded three deaths each, while there is a fatality each in Meghalaya and Uttarakhand, the ministry said. More than 70 percent of the deaths are due to comorbidities, according to the Ministry website. (PTI)