India reports daily rise in COVID-19 cases of 259,170

India reported the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 1,761 fatalities.

New Delhi:

India's daily COVID-19 cases retreated from record levels on Tuesday, but stayed above the 200,000 marks for a sixth straight day, with cases increasing by 259,170 over the last 24 hours.

Deaths from COVID-19 rose by a record 1,761 to reach a total of 180,530, health ministry data showed.

With this, India's Covid tally has shot up to 15,321,089 cases.

India, however, reported the highest-ever single-day spike in Covid-related deaths with 1,761 fatalities.

Ten states, including Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi, account for 77.67 percent of the new COVID-19 infections reported in a day, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday. The daily COVID-19 positivity rate (7-day moving average) continues to show an upward trend and currently stands at 15.99 percent, it said.

Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Rajasthan are among the other states in the list of 10.

India's daily news cases are showing a rising trend and a total of 2,59,170 new cases were registered in a span of 24 hours.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 58,924. It is followed by Uttar Pradesh with 28,211 while Delhi reported 23,686 new cases.

The Health Department stated that Maharashtra witnessed a dip in its daily Covid-19 count by recording 58,924 fresh infections; a day after reporting the highest number of 68,631 cases on Sunday.

However, 351 people succumbed to the deadly virus in the last 24 hours.

Delhi recorded 240 deaths in the past 24 hours, much higher than the 161 reported a day earlier. The city saw 23,686 cases in a day. The city is facing an extreme crunch of hospital beds, especially ventilators and ICU beds. Delhi currently has 19,499 beds reserved for Covid patients.