With over 2 lakh daily coronavirus cases for the second consecutive day, India’s COVID-19 situation is now turning severe. The country has emerged as the worst-hit nation by the second wave of the pandemic, recording over 2.16 lakh cases and 1,184 fatalities in the last 24 hours, the highest since September 18.
As many as 1,18,302 discharges and 1,185 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said.With a steady increase for the 37th day in a row, the active cases have increased to 15,69,743, comprising 10.98 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate dropped to 87.80 per cent.
Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state as it reported 61,695 fresh cases, taking the tally to 36,39,855, while 349 new fatalities pushed the toll to 59,153. Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and Bihar are the nine states, which recorded their highest ever tally in the last 24 hours.