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India sees 18,653 coronavirus cases, 507 deaths in a day; total case tally tops 5.8 lakh


India’s novel coronavirus case tally climbed to 5,85,493 with a single day spike of 18,653 on Wednesday morning. The death toll climbed to 17,400 after 507 new fatalities were recorded in the last 24 hours, ending Wednesday morning.

According to the latest data by Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, active cases in India now stand at 2,20,114, while 3,47,978 people have recovered.

From June 1, when relaxations were introduced under Unlock-1, the country has reported 3.94 lakh cases with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Gujarat accounting for nearly two-third of the total cases in India.

India is the fourth worst-affected country in the world with 5.85 lakh coronavirus cases.

Also read | Tamil Nadu govt releases SOPs for places of worship ahead of reopening

On Tuesday, India Covid-19 tally climbed to 5,66,840 after a single-day spike of 18,522 cases. The death toll rose to 16,893 on Tuesday after 418 new fatalities.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had said it was a cause of worry that people were not strictly adhering to rules and precautions as they did during the lockdown.

In his address to the nation on Tuesday, PM Modi said India is in a better position compared to many countries of the world, as timely imposition of lockdown and other decisions have saved lakhs of lives.

He, however, lamented that there is an increasing “negligence” in personal and social behaviour during the easing of restrictions and urged them to be more vigilant as Unlock-2 begins today.

“We have also seen that since ‘Unlock-1’, there is increasing negligence in personal and social behaviour. Earlier, we were very careful with respect to wearing of masks, social distancing and washing of hands for 20 seconds. But today, when we need to be more careful, increasing negligence is a cause of worry,” PM Modi said as he urged the people to follow all necessary precautions.

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