With 50,357 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours, India’s tally on Saturday reached over 8.46 million. According to the Union health ministry’s dashboard, 577 new deaths have also been registered in India in the last 24 hours. The total cases now include 516,632 active cases,7,819,886 recoveries and 1,25,562 deaths. However, the total number of active cases continued to remain below 5,20,000 and the daily recoveries from Covid-19 continued to remain above the daily infections logged. Also Read - Coronavirus: Devotees Won’t be Allowed Holy Dip in Ganga River in Uttarakhand on Kartik Purnima

Maharashtra once again contributed the highest number of daily cases with 10,259 new infections between Thursday and Friday. The state is also reporting maximum single-day recoveries — over 11,000, according to the health ministry data. Also Read - Naveen Patnaik Writes To PM Modi Urges Centre To Issue Timeframe for CBSE Exam 2021

The ministry data further added that 80 per cent of the new recovered cases and 79 per cent of new infections are from 10 states and union territories (UTs). Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi, Karnataka, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh continue to be worst affected by the pandemic. Also Read - Public Dealing by Indian Embassy in Berlin To Remain Suspended Till Further Notice

Delhi recorded over 7,000 COVID-19 cases for the first time taking the tally to over 4.23 lakh on Friday, while the death toll rose to 6,833 with 64 more fatalities, authorities said. The 7,178 fresh cases were diagnosed following the 58,860 tests conducted the previous day, while the positivity rate stood at 12.19 per cent amid the festive season and rising pollution in the city, according to the latest bulletin issued by the Delhi health department.

The previous highest single-day spike till date here — 6,842 cases — was recorded on Wednesday. The number of daily cases had crossed the 6,000-mark for three consecutive days from November 3-5.

On Friday, 64 new fatalities were recorded, pushing the death toll in the national capital to 6,833. On Thursday, 66 fatalities due to COVID-19 were reported. The active cases tally on Friday stood at 39,722.

(With agency inputs)