New Delhi: India took just six days to jump from 4 lakh to 5 lakh cases as it recorded yet another worst spike of 18,552 cases on Saturday. The steady rise over the past week saw the nation breach its daily count everyday, with the biggest contributors being Maharashtra and New Delhi, where a mammoth survey will begin on the day to monitor the spread of the pandemic.
The half a million cases stands at exactly 5,08,953, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry data showed. There were slightly lesser fatalities than in the past few days, as 384 new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the toll to 15,685.
India, the fourth worst hit among 213 countries is close on the heels of Russia, which is behind the US and Brazil.
Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu continue to be at the top of the national chart. There are currently 1,97,387 active cases and 2,95,880 recoveries. The recovery rate continues to be robust at 58.24 percent.