India’s coronavirus cases reached 40,23,179 on Saturday, after the Ministry of Health reported a record rise of 86,432 cases in the last 24 hours. The toll rose by 1,089 to 69,561. India has 8,46,395 active cases now. India is likely to soon overtake Brazil, which has 40.91 lakh cases so far.
As many as 31,07,223 have recovered from the infection in India, pushing the recovery rate to 77.23%.
Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal have reported a drop in active cases. Maharashtra has the highest rise in active cases, with 5,551 more today. Karnataka has 3,003 more active cases, while Chhattisgarh has 1,970, and there are 1,150 more in Delhi.
The Indian Council of Medical Research has tested 4,77,38,491 samples till Friday, including 10,59,346 tests conducted on September 4.
The record rise in cases comes even as the country is further opening up activities in an attempt to boost the economy. Metro trains in major cities are also set to start running from next week.
Globally, the virus has infected 2.65 crore people, and 8.73 lakh have died due to it, according to Johns Hopkins University. The US has the most cases at 61.99 lakh so far, followed by Brazil with 40.91 lakh. The US also has the highest toll, followed by Brazil. Over 1.73 crore people across the world have recovered from the infection.