New Delhi: India's COVID-19 tally neared the 8.5-lakh mark on Sunday (July 12), just five days after crossing 7 lakh, according to health ministry data. The country registered a new record 28,637 positive cases and 551 deaths in the last 24 hours.

According to the data, the total positive cases stand at 8,49,553 including 29,22,58 active cases, 5,34,621 cured/discharged/migrated.  Since the outbreak of the coronavirus began in India, 22,674 people succumbed to the virus, the ministry of health said on Sunday.


Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh are among states with high caseload of COVID-19.


The surge in numbers comes a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a review meeting to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in the country.


PM Modi cautioned that there was no room for complacency in the battle against the pandemic as he appreciated the efforts of the Centre and Delhi government in containing the COVID-19 outbreak in the Capital.