NEW DELHI: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 166 and the number of cases to 5,734 in the country on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry.
While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 5,095, as many as 472 people were cured and discharged and one had migrated, it said.
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As many as 17 new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours across the country, the ministry said.
Eight deaths were reported from Maharashtra, three from Gujarat, two from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it said.
Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 72, followed by GujaratÂ at 16, Madhya Pradesh at 13 and Delhi at 9.Â Punjab and Tamil Nadu have reported eight fatalities each while Telengana has reported seven deaths.
West Bengal and Karnataka have registered five deaths each. Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have reported four deaths each while Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each.
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Two deaths have been reported from Kerala. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha reported one fatality each, according to the health ministry data.
The death toll on Wednesday evening was 149.
However, a PTI tally of figures reported by various states as on Wednesday late evening showed at least 181 deaths.
There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.
According to the ministry's data updated at 8 am, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 1,135, followed by Tamil Nadu at 738 and Delhi at 669 cases.
The cases have risen to 427 in Telengana, while Rajasthan has 381 cases.
Uttar Pradesh has 361, while Andhra Pradesh reported 348 coronavirus cases. Kerala has reported 345 COVID-19 cases so far.
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