Passengers stand in a queue outside Secunderabad Railway Station before boarding a train to return to their homes after the government eased restrictions imposed as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Secunderabad on June 2, 2020. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM / AFP) (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA reported 8,171 new Covid-19 cases and 204 deaths in the last 24 hours. With this, the total tally climbed to 198,706 and the death toll reached 5,598 on Tuesday (2), the health ministry said. India registered over 8,000 cases since Sunday. 

The active cases of the Covid-19 climbed to 97,581 and as many as 95,526 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the data. India is now seventh among the worst-hit nations by the Covid-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia, the UK, Spain and Italy.

The country reported its first infection on January 30. Maharashtra state continued to report the highest fresh cases while Tamil Nadu witnessed the biggest spike in last 24 hours. However, the number of fresh coronavirus cases dipped slightly in New Delhi. Maharashtra reported 76 deaths in one day.

On the positive side, the total number of patients who were recovered from the disease inched towards 100,000 mark.

Maharashtra reported 2,361 fresh coronavirus cases in last 24 hours. Mumbai coronavirus count crossed 40,000. The total number of coronavirus patients in the state stood at 70,013.

Tamil Nadu has the highest number of coronavirus cases after Maharashtra at 23,495. The state reported 1,149 fresh cases in the last 24 hours.

Delhi became the third state in India to record over 20,000 coronavirus patients.

“While the recovery rate is increasing on one hand, case fatality is going down on the other,” the health ministry said.

“A steady decline can be seen in the case fatality rate in the country. The relatively low death rate is attributed to the continued focus on surveillance, timely case identification and clinical management of the cases,” the ministry said.