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85.5% of COVID-19 cases, 87% of total deaths in India are from eight states: Health ministry

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The Health Ministry in a statement said that eight states, including Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu, contributed 85.5% of the active COVID-19 cases in the country. These states also accounted for 87% of the total deaths due to the disease. This was revealed at the briefing of the Group of Ministers on the COVID-19 situation in the country.

The statement said that the eight states include Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Telangana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal. India on Saturday crossed the 5 lakh COVID-19 mark in the country. It also recorded the highest single-day jump of 18,552 cases on Saturday.

The ministry also informed the ministers in the meeting that the focus was on strict containment measures and surveillance, utilizing full testing capacity and focus on monitoring of co-morbid and elderly population among others. The ministry said that so far far to 79,96,707 samples had been tested and the country had 1,026 diagnostic labs dedicated to COVID-19. This includes 741 in the government sector and 285 private labs.