New Delhi: India reported 2,63,533 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus while the death toll due to the deadly disease climbed to 2,78,719 with a record 4,329 fresh fatalities.
With these new cases, the total tally of COVID-19 cases reached 2,52,28,996, the data updated at 8 am showed.
The active cases further reduced to 33,53,765 comprising 13.29 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate has improved to 85.60 per cent, the data showed.
The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 2,15,96,512.
The biggest contributor was Karnataka, which added 38,603 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 33,075 cases. Maharashtra registered 26,616 cases. At least 4,329 deaths were reported on the same day, the highest daily toll so far. Maharashtra reported more than 1,000 deaths, while Karnataka had 476. In the biggest drop ever, India’s active cases fell by about 1.65 lakh on Monday to 33.52 lakh.
According to the ICMR, 31,82,92,881 samples have been tested up to May 17 with 18,69,223 samples being tested on Monday.