The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 169 and the number of cases climbed to 5,865 in the country on Thursday, registering an increase of 591 cases and 20 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.
While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 5,218, as manyas 477 people have been cured and discharged and one has migrated, the ministrysaid.
Of the 20 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, eight werefrom Maharashtra, three each from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, two from Jammuand Kashmir and one each from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19deaths at 72, followed by Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh with each recording 16deaths and Delhi at nine. Punjab and Tamil Nadu have reported eight fatalitieseach while Telangana has recorded seven deaths.
West Bengal and Karnataka have registered five deaths each.Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have reported four deathseach, while Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each.
Two deaths have been reported from Kerala, while Bihar,Himachal Pradesh and Odisha have recorded one fatality each, according to thehealth ministry data.
The total number of cases (5,865) includes 71 foreignnationals. The death toll in the country due to COVID-19 was 149 on Wednesday.
However, a PTI tally of the figures reported by variousstates as on Thursday evening showed at least 196 deaths due to the deadlyvirus.
There is a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, ascompared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officialsattribute to the procedural delay in assigning the cases to individual states.
According to the ministry's data, the highest number ofconfirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 1,135, followed by TamilNadu at 738 and Delhi with 669 cases. The number of cases has risen to 442 inTelangana, while Uttar Pradesh has 410 cases and Rajasthan 383. Andhra Pradeshhas reported 348 cases, while Kerala has 345 COVID-19 patients.
The number of coronavirus cases has risen to 259 in MadhyaPradesh, 181 in Karnataka, 179 in Gujarat and 169 in Haryana.
West Bengal has 103 and Punjab has 101 COVID-19 patients.
Odisha has reported 42 coronavirus cases, 39 people havebeen infected with the virus in Bihar, while Uttarakhand has 35 COVID-19patients and Assam 28.
Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh have 18 cases each, whileLadakh has 14 and Jharkhand 13.
Eleven cases have been reported from the Andaman and NicobarIslands, while Chhattisgarh has registered 10 cases. Goa has reported sevenCOVID-19 cases, Puducherry five, Manipur two while Tripura, Mizoram andArunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.
"State-wise distribution is subject to furtherverification and reconciliation," the ministry said on its website.