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2.15 lakh tests, 17,296 new cases, 13,940 recoveries, 407 deaths — India’s latest Covid data

ThePrint’s daily Covid tracker that brings you the numbers that matter — from total cases, tests done, and recoveries to positivity rate and deaths.

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New Delhi: India recorded 17,296 fresh Covid cases Thursday, taking the total to 4,90,401. This is the highest single-day jump. The number of tests too was at an all-time high of 2,15,446, which kept the positivity rate maintained at 8%, just marginally down since Wednesday’s 8.1%.

The total number of samples tested, as of 9 am Friday morning, was 77,76,228.

Active cases

Daily Covid tracker. Active cases on 26 June

There are currently 1,89,463 active cases in the country and all of them are under active medical supervision. Active cases give an idea of the disease burden as on date. Looking at total cases can often inflate the size of an epidemic. 

Tests conducted

Daily Covid tracker. Total tests on 26 June

ICMR has roped in 11 new laboratories in the last 24 hours for Covid testing. India now has 1,016 diagnostic labs dedicated to Covid-19. This includes 737 in the government sector and 279 private labs.

Mortality rate

Daily Covid tracker. Deaths on 26 June

There were 407 Covid deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the toll now to 15,301. The graph has been on a steady upward curve for several weeks now. 

Positivity rate

Daily Covid tracker. Positivity rate on 26 June

The sample positivity rate gives an idea about the amount of contact-tracing happening and whether the number of tests are sufficient. So far, it has remained steady, other than a weekly bump on Sundays when testing reduces.


Daily Covid tracker. Recovered cases on 26 June

The recovered cases now exceed the active cases by 96,173. During the last 24 hours, a total of 13,940 Covid-19 patients have cured, taking the cumulative figure to 2,85,636. This has led to the recovery rate touching 58.24%.

Total cases

Daily Covid tracker. Total cases on 26 June

The total cases are now nearing half a million. However, it is important to note that less than half of this number are active cases.

Worst-hit states

Daily Covid tracker. Delhi stats on 26 June

Delhi: With 3,390 fresh cases and 64 deaths in the last 24 hours, Delhi’s total now stands at 73,780. Less than a third of these are active cases. 

Daily Covid tracker. Gujarat stats on 26 June

Gujarat: The state continues to have a high mortality rate with 1,753 deaths among 29,520 cases. The number of active cases is less than a quarter of the total cases. 

Daily Covid tracker. Maharashtra stats on 26 June

Maharashtra:Maharashtra remains the state with the highest disease burden of 1,47,741 and 6,931 deaths. Several urban hotspots like Mumbai, Pune and Thane are make Covid control an uphill task in the state. 

Daily Covid tracker. Tamil Nadu stats on 26 June

Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu remains in the top four because of a high caseload but continues to buck the national mortality trends.

Tests and positive cases

Daily Covid tracker. State stats 26 June


A comparison of the number of tests and the daily positives throws up the striking differences among the four states in testing even if the positivity rates are comparable at 19.5% for delhi, 13.8% for Maharashtra, 11.1% for Gujarat and 11.5% for Tamil nadu. The Tamil nadu testing bar tells the story of the state.

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