New Delhi, April 12:

As many as 1,68,912 more people tested positive for Covid-19 across the country in the last 24 hours, taking the cumulative caseload to 1,35,27,717, said the Union health ministry on Monday morning.

Ten states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan — have shown a steep rise in the daily new infections.

Maharashtra has reported the highest daily new cases at 63,294. It is followed by Chhattisgarh with 10,521 while Uttar Pradesh has reported 12,748 new cases.

The total number of fatalities in the country has reached 1,70,179 with 904 more people succumbing to the disease in the last 24 hours.

Five states — Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala — cumulatively accounted for 70.82% of India’s active Covid-19 cases on Sunday, the health ministry said.

Maharashtra alone accounts for 48.57% of the total active caseload of the country.