India on Thursday witnessed a hike in daily coronavirus cases as 17,407 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours. On Wednesday, close to 15,000 fresh infections were reported. The number of active cases in the country which was around 1.50 lakh in the initial week of February has also increased to over 1.73 lakh, as per the health ministry's data. The Centre had on Wednesday said six states are contributing most to the active coronavirus cases in the country. Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Karnataka have been witnessing a continued surge in Coronavirus cases.