Coronavirus latest updates: India's COVID-19 tally crosses 51 lakh mark, records 97,894 new cases

India's COVID-19 tally of cases galloped past 51 lakh on Thursday, just 12 days after it crossed 40 lakh with 97,894 infections being reported in a day.

The total coronavirus cases mounted to 51,18,254, while the death toll climbed to 83,198 with a record 1,132 people succumbing to the disease in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 8 am showed.

The total case tally in the country stands at 51,18,254 including 10,09,976 active cases and 40,25,080 cured/discharged/migrated, as per the Ministry.

Maharashtra has 2,97,506 active cases of coronavirus, the highest in the country. While Karnataka with 1,01,645 cases, Uttar Pradesh (96,7002), Andhra Pradesh (90,279) and Delhi (30,914) are also on the list.

India's COVID-19 cases jumped from 10 lakh to 20 lakh in 21 days. Then it took 16 more days to race past 30 lakh, 13 days more to cross the 40-lakh mark and 11 days to go past 50 lakh. It took 110 days for the COVID-19 cases in the country to reach one lakh while it had taken 59 days more to go past the 10-lakh post.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 6,05,65,728 samples have been tested up to September 16 with 11,36,613 samples being tested on Wednesday.

India is the second worst-hit nation in terms of COVID-19 cases after the US, while it is in the third spot in fatalities after the US and Brazil, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

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