With more than 16.6 lakh COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Andhra Pradesh (8.14 lakh) and Karnataka (8.12 lakh).
Uttar Pradesh's COVID-19 tally increased to 4.76 lakh on October 28, after the state reported 1,980 new infections in 24 hours. UP's death toll stands at 6,958.
With over 16.54 lakh cases, Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally remains the highest among Indian states and union territories, according to the Union Health Ministry's latest update.
The data was updated at 8.00 am on October 29 on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website.
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Here are the five most-affected states:
> Maharashtra - 16,60,766 cases (includes recoveries, deaths and active cases)
> Andhra Pradesh - 8,14,774 cases
> Karnataka - 8,12,784 cases
> Tamil Nadu - 7,16,751 cases
> Uttar Pradesh - 4,76,034 cases
India has recorded 80.4 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus and 1.2 lakh deaths. Of these, more than 6.3 lakh are active cases while over 73.1 lakh have recovered.
Across the country, 10.7 lakh samples were tested for the novel coronavirus on October 28, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.Below is the coronavirus cases/deaths state-wise tally:
Name of State / UT
|Total||Change since yesterday||Cumulative||Change since yesterday||Cumulative||Change since yesterday|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||192||5||4039||20||58|
|8||Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu||51||-3||3184||3||2|
|14||Jammu and Kashmir||6976||14||84782||546||1455||4|
|*(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 4.4 crore infections and over 11.69 lakh deaths have been reported due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Reuters tally.Click here for Moneycontrol’s full coverage of the novel coronavirus pandemic