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Last Updated : Aug 15, 2020 02:42 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Coronavirus state-wise tally August 15: Bihar cases cross 98,000

With more than 5.7 lakh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (3.2 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (2.7 lakh).

India has recorded more than 25.2 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 49,036 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest update. Thus, India became the third country to have registered 25 mark or more COVID-19 case.

Of these, more than 6.68 lakh are active cases while over 18.08 lakh have recovered.


The data was updated at 8.00 am on August 15 on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website.

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With more than 5.7 lakh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (3.2 lakh) and Andhra Pradesh (2.7 lakh).

Across the country, 8.68 lakh samples were tested for the novel coronavirus on August 14, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, during his Independence Day address, said that vaccination against COVID-19 in India will begin as soon as scientists approve the vaccine candidates currently under development.

Below is the coronavirus cases/deaths state-wise tally:
S. No.
Name of State / UT
Active Cases*Cured/Discharged/Migrated*Deaths**
TotalChange since yesterdayCumulativeChange since yesterdayCumulativeChange since yesterday
1Andaman and Nicobar Islands1130391032108242
2Andhra Pradesh899078731807039719247597
3Arunachal Pradesh8526217503251
8Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu46461331392
13Himachal Pradesh130458255111619
14Jammu and Kashmir70271111994264052011
19Madhya Pradesh992821032405570108116
30Tamil Nadu5371621726701555565514117
34Uttar Pradesh50426717925263740233555
35West Bengal26850403811892572231960
*(Including foreign nationals)
**(More than 70 percent cases due to comorbidities)
#State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation
#Figures are being reconciled with ICMR

Globally, more than 2.1 crore infections and nearly 7.5 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a Reuters tally.

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First Published on Aug 15, 2020 10:33 am