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COVID-19 infections in India inched closer to 5.5 lakh-mark with 19,459 new cases being reported in the last 24 hours. The toll also rose to 16,459 after 380 deaths were reported. Of the 5,48,318 cases, 3.2 lakh patients have recovered, while 2.1 lakh infections are still active. Amid the surge, several states have reimposed full or partial lockdown, while others like Telangana are pondering on imposing fresh curbs. The last one lakh cases in India have been added in less than a week.

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It was for the fifth straight day that Covid-19 cases in the country rose by more than 15,000. The recovery rate now stands at over 58.5%.

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Maharashtra continues to be the state with the highest COVID-19 tally at 1,64,626, followed by Delhi at 83,077.

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Globally, over 10 million cases have been reported with 5 lakh deaths. The United States continues to be the worst-affected followed by Brazil, Russia, Indian and the UK.