New Delhi: For the 15th consecutive day on Sunday, India reported less than 50,000 new single-day coronavirus cases even as authorities imposed strict measures in some states in order to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of active COVID-19 cases in the country reached 4,40,962 with 45,209 new coronavirus cases and 43,493 more patients discharged over the last 24 hours.
There were also 501 more fatalities due to COVID-19 over the last 24 hours, taking the total coronavirus death toll to 1,33,227.
The last time the number of daily new cases of coronavirus crossed the 50,000-mark was on November 7.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state in India with 80,878 active COVID-19 cases and 46,573 coronavirus deaths so far.
Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka also reported an extremely high number of coronavirus cases even as West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh reported spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases.
Uncontrolled situation in Delhi
Meanwhile, amid the increase in cases of coronavirus infection in the capital of the country, the Delhi government has instructed the district health teams to go to Covid-19 patients living in isolated homes and ensure that the coronavirus patients follow all the rules.
At the same time, RT-PCR testing capacity has been increased in Delhi and more than 37,000 samples are being tested on a daily basis.