Coronavirus in India: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday said that the only five states have accounted for 62 per cent active cases in the country. Giving further information, the ministry also added that the recovered cases are now more than 29.70 lakh which is 3.5 times more than the active cases. Also Read - Sputnik V: World's First COVID-19 Vaccine Now Available to Public in Russia, Claim Reports

“Five states- Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra account for 62% of total active cases in the country,” Rajesh Bhushan, Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said. Also Read - Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, COVID-19 Positive, Also Diagnosed With Dengue After Being Hospitalised For Fever

He also said that Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra account for 70% of total COVID-19 deaths in the country. Also Read - Men at 62% Increased Risk of COVID-19 Associated Deaths Compared to Women: Study

On the other side, there has been 13.7% weekly decrease in the number of active cases in Andhra Pradesh, 16.1% decrease in Karnataka, 6.8% decrease in Maharashtra and 23.9% decrease in Tamil Nadu, 17.1% decrease in Uttar Pradesh.

“There has been 4.5% weekly decrease in case fatality in Andhra Pradesh, 11.5% decrease in Maharashtra and 18.2% decrease in Tamil Nadu,” Rajesh Bhushan added.

He also added that there is an increase in the case fatality trajectory in two states – Karnataka and Delhi. “Delhi has seen 50% and Karnataka has seen 9.6% increase in average daily case fatality,” he further stated.

As per updates, more than 11 lakh COVID-19 tests have been done in the last 24 hours and single-day highest recovery of 68,584 has been recorded yesterday.

“Daily positive numbers are increasing. It has to be seen in context of total population. The central government has adopted a graded approach of opening the economy, ensuring adequate testing capacity, clear guidelines of clinical treatment protocol and enhanced hospital infrastructure,” the Health Ministry said in its daily briefing.

It also said that per million COVID-19 cases in the country is much lesser when compared to other countries in the world. Deaths per million (population) of India is among the lowest in the world; 49 deaths per million population.

“In Telangana, the healthcare workers’ positivity is 18%, 16% in Maharashtra, 14% in Delhi, 13% in Karnataka, 12% in Puducherry and 11% in Punjab. These are the states where positivity rate among healthcare workers are on a higher side,” the Health Ministry added.