India reports 40,120 fresh coronavirus cases

India added 40,120 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours while deaths from COVID-19 rose by 585.

The country’s overall case load now stands at 3.20 crore, while total fatalities are at 4.30 lakh mark, according to the health ministry.

Kerala contributed 21,445 cases and 208 deaths to the country’s daily numbers. The southern state has been contributing to more than 50 per cent of new infections in the country.

Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, reported 6,388 new infections and 160 fatalities in 24 hours.

A 63-year-old woman died in Mumbai on July 27 after contracting the Delta Plus Covid variant, making her the first in the state capital and the second to die in Maharashtra due to the infectious disease. The woman was fully vaccinated and among seven patients in Mumbai whose reports turned out positive for the Delta Plus variant.

India’s COVID-19 vaccination coverage has reached 52.89 crore with more than 50 lakh vaccine doses administered till Thursday evening.