Covid death toll nears 15,000; infections touch 4.73 lakh

The city government estimates it will have 550,000 COVID-19 cases by the end of July, and will require 150,000 beds by then. A number of activities have been allowed to resume in a phased manner this month as part of "Unlock 1.0" plan.

COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country.

At more than 456,000 confirmed coronavirus cases so far, India is the fourth worst hit country in the world, behind the United States, Brazil and Russian Federation, according to a Reuters tally.

India has conducted 207,871 samples in the last 24 hours, according to the Indian Council of Medical Research. As of Wednesday morning, 306,862 people have tested positive for the disease in Britain, a daily increase of 653, according to the department, Xinhua reported.

More than 15,000 new cases were reported again in the country.

Although India has now a total of 473,105 infections, its number of deaths - rising by 418 on Thursday - remains relatively low, with total fatalities at 14,894. It has 61,807 active cases, 67,706 cured and discharged patients while the death toll is 6,283.

It says 10,930 of them have recovered while 1,324 people remain in treatment for the COVID-19 illness. On June 21, the increase was of 15,413 cases; 14,821 cases on June 22; 14,933 cases on June 23; and 15,968 cases on June 24.

Punjab has reported 162 new COVID-19 cases taking the total count to 4,397.

Jammu and Kashmir has reported 148 new COVID-19 positive cases - 20 from Jammu division and 128 from Kashmir division.

Worldwide, at least 9,225,413 people have been confirmed to have the coronavirus infection, 4,970,253 have recovered, and 475,066 people have died.

Worldwide, over 94 lakh patients have been reported since the origin of the outbreak in China in December.

In terms of active cases, Maharashtra's overall cases have reached 1,39,010.

Mumbai added 1,118 new COVID-19 cases, pushing its total to 69,528.