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India reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in 24 hours across the world on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, according to the WHO data. While more than 52,000 new patients were reported on Tuesday and Wednesday, more than the United States and Brazil, the government reported single-day surge of over 56,000 cases on Thursday. The country has logged the third highest number of patients in the world after the United States and Brazil.

India has crossed 20 lakh coronavirus cases in 190 days after Kerala reported the first patient on January 30. The country registered one lakh cases on May 19. In June, India passed the five lakh-mark.

In July, India recorded more than half of its cases. While the Covid count in the beginning of the month was about six lakh cases, the tally had surged to 16 lakh cases by July 31.

The five states that reported the highest number of patients in the last 24 hours are Maharashtra 11,514, Andhra Pradesh 10,328, Karnataka 6,805, Tamil Nadu 5,684 and Uttar Pradesh 4,586.

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These five states also recorded the highest number of Covid-linked deaths since yesterday. While Maharashtra reported 316 deaths, 110 patients died in Tamil Nadu, 93 patients died in Karnataka, 72 died in Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh recorded 61 deaths.

With 4.79 lakh cases, Maharashtra has logged the highest number of COVID-19 patients so far. The state reported its biggest single-day jump in infections on Thursday. More than 16,000 patients have died so far.

The positivity rate, an indicator to assess the prevalence of the disease, stood at 10.88 per cent this morning, an increase since Thursday’s 8.47 per cent. In the last few weeks, the country has recorded the highest positivity rate of 15.79 per cent on July 20.

India has tested around 16,500 people per million, compared to 190,000 in the United States.  Around 5.74 lakh samples were tested on Thursday, taking the total number of samples tested so far to 2.27 crores. The country has a population of about 138 crores and a patient can be tested more than once until recovery.

Delhi, which was the second worst-hit state in June, now has the fifth highest number of cases in India. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh is now the third worst-hit in the country by the outbreak.

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Worldwide, the United States – epicentre of the pandemic – has logged the highest number of infections. More than 1.9 crore people have contracted the virus so far across the world; 7.14 lakh have died.

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