The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 166
and the number of cases to 5,734 in the country on Thursday,according to the Union Health Ministry.
While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 5,095, as manyas 472 people were cured and discharged and one had migrated, it said.
As many as 17 new deaths have been reported in the last 24hours across the country, the ministry said.
Eight deaths were reported from Maharashtra, three fromGujarat, two from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh,Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it said.
Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 72,followed by Gujarat at 16, Madhya Pradesh at 13 and Delhi at 9.Punjab and TamilNadu have reported eight fatalities each while Telengana has reported sevendeaths.
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. Bihar, HimachalPradesh and Odisha reported one fatality each, according to the health ministrydata.
The death toll on Wednesday evening was 149.
However, a PTI tally of figures reported by various statesas on Wednesday late evening showed at least 181 deaths.
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 ministry's data updated at 8 am, thehighest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 1,135,followed by Tamil Nadu at 738 and Delhi at 669 cases.
The cases have risen to 427 in Telengana, while Rajasthanhas 381 cases.
Uttar Pradesh has 361, while Andhra Pradesh reported 348coronavirus cases. Kerala has reported 345 COVID-19 cases so far.
Novel coronavirus cases have risen to 229 in Madhya Pradesh,181 in Karnataka and 179 in Gujarat.
Jammu and Kashmir has 158 cases, Haryana 147, West Bengal103 and Punjab 101. Odisha has reported 42 coronavirus cases.
Thirty-eight people were infected with the virus in Bihar,while Uttarakhand has 33 patients and Assam 28.
Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh have18 cases each, whileLadakh has 14 positive patients so far.
Eleven cases have been reported from the Andaman and NicobarIslands, while 10 were reported from Chhattisgarh.
Goa has reported seven COVID-19 cases, followed byPuducherry at five.
Jharkhand has reported four cases, while Manipur, Tripura,Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case each.
"State-wise distribution is subject to furtherverification and reconciliation," the ministry said on its website.