The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 559 and the number of cases climbed to 17,656 in the country on Monday, registering an increase of 40 deaths and 1,540 cases since Sunday evening, according to the Union health ministry.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 14,255 while2,841 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, theministry said.
The total number of cases includes 77 foreign nationals.
A total of 40 deaths were reported since Sunday evening.Twelve fatalities were reported from Maharashtra, nine from Gujarat, five fromAndhra Pradesh, four from Madhya Pradesh, three each from Rajasthan andTelangana and two each from Delhi and Karnataka.
Of the 559 deaths, the highest number of 223 fatalities werereported from Maharashtra, followed by Madhya Pradesh (74), Gujarat (67), Delhi(45),Telangana (21) and Andhra Pradesh (20).
The death toll reached 17 in Uttar Pradesh while Punjab andKarnataka have registered 16 deaths each.
Tamil Nadu has reported 15 deaths so far, Rajasthan 14 andWest Bengal 12.
The disease has claimed five lives in Jammu and Kashmir,while Kerala and Haryana have recorded three COVID-19 deaths each.
Jharkhand and Bihar have reported two deaths each, whileMeghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported one fatality each,according to the ministry data.
However, a PTI tally of the figures reported by variousstates as on Monday 6:30 pm showed 17,744 cases and 584 deaths in the country.
There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures,compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officialsattribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.
According to the health ministry's data updated in theevening, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are fromMaharashtra (4,203), followed by Delhi (2,003), Gujarat (1,851), Madhya Pradesh(1,485), Rajasthan (1,478) and Tamil Nadu (1,477).
The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 1,176 in UttarPradesh, 873 in Telangana, 722 in Andhra Pradesh and 402 in Kerala.
The number of cases has risen to 395 in Karnataka, 350 inJammu and Kashmir, 339 in West Bengal, 233 in Haryana and 219 in Punjab.
Bihar has reported 96 coronavirus cases, while Odisha has 68such cases.
Forty-four people have been infected with the virus inUttarakhand, while Jharkhand has 42 cases.
Himachal Pradesh has 39 cases, Chhattisgarh has 36 whileAssam has registered 35 infections so far.
Chandigarh has 26 COVID-19 cases, Ladakh 18, while 15 caseshave been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Meghalaya has reported 11 cases, while Goa and Puducherryhave seven COVID-19 patients each.
Manipur and Tripura have two cases each, while Mizoram andArunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,"the ministry said on its website.