New Delhi: India entered the list of 10 worst-hit countries on Monday, recording the biggest single-day spike in Covid-19 infections the fourth consecutive day.
India recorded 6,977 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to 1,38,845 and the death toll to 4,021, pushing the country to the 10th spot on the list of worst-hit nations, just below Turkey. The United States remains the worst-hit country in the world, followed by Brazil, whose coronavirus curve India is feared to be mimicking. China, where the new coronavirus originated earlier this year, is now at the 14th spot.
According to the Union health ministry, a total 154 deaths were reported in 24 hours till 8am on Monday.
The number of active Covid-19 cases climbed to 77,103 while 57,720 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.
"Thus, around 41.57 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said. The total confirmed cases includes foreigners.
Of the 154 deaths reported since Sunday morning, 58 were from Maharashtra, 30 from Delhi, 29 from Gujarat, nine in Madhya Pradesh, eight from Tamil Nadu, six from Uttar Pradesh, four from Telangana, three each from Rajasthan and West Bengal, two from Bihar and one each from Punjab and Uttarakhand.
Of the total 4,021 fatalities, Maharashtra tops tally with 1,635 deaths followed by Gujarat at 858 deaths, Madhya Pradesh at 290, West Bengal at 272, Delhi at 261, Rajasthan at 163, Uttar Pradesh at 161,Tamil Nadu at 111 and Andhra Pradesh at 56.
The death toll reached 53 in Telangana, 42 in Karnataka and 40 in Punjab.
Jammu and Kashmir has reported 21 fatalities due to the disease, Haryana has 16 deaths while Bihar has registered 13 and Odisha has seven deaths.
Kerala, Jharkhand and Assam have reported four deaths each so far.
Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh each have recorded three Covid-19 fatalities each while Meghalaya has reported one fatality so far, according to the ministry data.
According to the ministry's website, more than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to co-morbidities.