India’s number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases has reached 936,181 and its death toll 24,209, Union health ministry data said on Wednesday.
There were 29,429 fresh Covid-19 cases, for the first time, and 582 deaths across the country in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry’s dashboard.
The health ministry had said on Tuesday the daily growth rate of newer Covid-19 cases is declining each day and that it recorded the daily growth rate for newer cases at 3.24%.
“If we see in the month of March, the daily growth rate of Covid cases was 31.28%, in May it was 9.27% and further reduced to 4.82% in May end and if we see the figures of July 12, the growth rate for newer cases is at 3.24%. There is a progressive decline in the daily growth rate of new cases,” Rajesh Bhushan, the health ministry’s officer on special duty, said.
The number of those who have been cured of the viral disease has gone up to 592,031, taking the recovery rate to 63.23%. Between Tuesday and Wednesday morning, 20,572 patients were discharged from hospitals across the country.
Bhushan also said that 86% of the total cases are confined to 10 states. Of these, just two states of Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu account for about 50% of the cases.
“Maharastra and Tamil Nadu have 50% of the active caseload while Karnataka, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, West Bengal, Gujarat, and Assam have 36% of active cases, respectively,” he added.
While Maharashtra, India’s worst-hit sta