India breaks the barrier of 550k cases
New Delhi: India’s total of coronavirus cases crossed the five lakh mark on Friday after the country reported its highest single-day spike of over 17,000 cases. Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, with over 5,000 new cases, reached an aggregate of 1,52,765, while West Bengal and Tamil Nadu also reported their biggest one-day COVID-19 numbers. The overall death count climbed to 15,301 with 407 new fatalities. It was the seventh day in a row that India registered over 14,000 cases.
1.Maharashtra on Friday reported 5,024 COVID-19 cases and 175 deaths because of the infection. The state has a positivity rate of 17.52 per cent and death rate of 4.65 per cent. There are 65,829 active cases in the state. Mumbai’s total of coronavirus cases reached 72,175 on Friday.
2.Delhi, which is grappling with shortage of COVID-19 beds, reported 3,460 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The national capital’s coronavirus total reached 77,240 on Friday. 2,326 people were cured of the disease in the last 24 hours, which took the total of recoveries to 47,091. With an addition of 63, the death count stood at 2,492
3.Tamil Nadu, which is ranked third on India’s coronavirus list, has reported 3,509 new cases, its highest single day spike, pushing the infection count to 70,977. With 45 new deaths, the total number of deaths in the state has reached 911.
4.Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Uttar Pradesh, with a population size the same as four European countries badly hit by the coronavirus, had only a fraction of their death count because of efforts to fight COVID-19. “England, France, Italy and Spain – these countries at one time had conquered the world and were the biggest powers of the world, but if you add up the populations of all these countries it comes to 24 crore, but in India, UP alone has 24 crore. How effective UP has been can be seen from the fact that the four European nations together had 1,30,000 deaths due to COVID-19. But in UP, the number of deaths is 600,” he said.