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Last Updated : Oct 16, 2020 10:04 AM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Coronavirus state-wise tally October 16: Assam's COVID-19 tally nears 2 lakh

With more than 15.6 lakh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Andhra Pradesh (7.7 lakh) and Karnataka (7.4 lakh).

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Assam's COVID-19 tally moved closer to the two-lakh mark on October 15. The state has recorded 1,98,982 COVID-19 cases so far, including 843 deaths due to the infectious disease.

With over 15.6 lakh cases, Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally remains the highest among Indian states and union territories.

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

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Here are the five most-affected states:

> Maharashtra - 15,64,615 cases (includes recoveries, deaths and active cases)

> Andhra Pradesh - 7,71,503 cases

> Karnataka - 7,43,848 cases

> Tamil Nadu - 6,74,802 cases

> Uttar Pradesh - 4,47,383 cases

India has recorded more than 73.7 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 1.12 lakh deaths. Of these, more than 8.04 lakh are active cases while over 64.5 lakh have recovered.

Across the country, 10.2 lakh samples were tested for the novel coronavirus on October 15, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

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 Islands190538172155
2Andhra Pradesh4004716227250995622635738
3Arunachal Pradesh3052-79889195301
8Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu718309992
13Himachal Pradesh2654-134153891562605
14Jammu and Kashmir905868175641132313586
19Madhya Pradesh141572751397171559271024
30Tamil Nadu4187269462245850551047249
34Uttar Pradesh362956034045453239654336
35West Bengal31984-4792715633179587062
*(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, there have been over 3.86 crore confirmed cases of COVID-19. More than 10.93 lakh people have died so far.

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First Published on Oct 16, 2020 10:04 am