As India's daily spike of coronavirus cases witnesses a dip with only 2,63,533 fresh infections recorded in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths due to COVID-19 continues to remain alarmingly high with 4,329 more fatalities, the highest toll in a single day since the pandemic began, APA reports citing ANI.
According to the Union Health Ministry, the country also saw a massive jump in the number of recoveries with 4,22,436 fresh discharges.
The cumulative caseload stands at 2,52,28,996, including 2,15,96,512 recoveries, 33,53,765 active cases and 2,78,719 deaths.
Karnataka, which has recently emerged as the new COVID-19 hotspot, continues to remain the worst affected state at present with 6,03,639 active infections followed by Maharashtra with 4,45,495 active cases.
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), a total of 31,82,92,881 samples have been tested for COVID-19 up to May 17, of these, 18,69,223 samples were tested on Monday.
A total of 18,44,53,149 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered across the country so far.