India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 4,56,183, Death toll at 14,476

The number of coronavirus cases in India have risen to 4,56,183 as it recorded 15,968 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. A total of 14,476 coronavirus patients have lost their lives, the Union Health Ministry said on Wednesday.

There are 1,83,022 active cases while 2,58,684 have been cured/discharged, according to Health Ministry data.

Maharashtra remains the worst affected state in the country. The total number of COVID-19 cases has risen to 1,39,010 with 6,531 fatalities.

Delhi has the second highest COVID-19 cases – 66,602 with 2,301 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu – 64,603 cases and 833 deaths, Gujarat – 28,371 cases and 1,710 fatalities.

A total of 73,52,911 samples have been tested so far of which 2,15,195 samples have been tested in the last 24 hours, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday said “10,000 bed COVID Care Centre at Radha Swami Beas in Delhi will be operational by 26th June. The work is in full swing and a large part of the facility will be operational by Friday”.

He further said, “1,000 bed full-fledged hospital with 250 ICU beds for COVID patients will be ready next week”.

“With the support of the Central Government, DRDO and Tata Trust are building the facility. Armed forces personnel will man it. This COVID Care Centre will be ready in next 10 days,” said Amit Shah.

“8,000 additional beds have already been placed at Delhi government’s disposal for making COVID Care Centres, as per requirement,” said the Union Home Minister.

With this, around 20,000 beds including 250 ICU beds for COVID patients will be added in the National Capital by next week.