Friday, 05 June, 2020

Coronavirus: India records biggest spike in cases; Maharashtra crosses 40,000-mark

6088 new COVID cases reported in 24 hrs; biggest one-day spike in India India sees highest single-day spike with 6,654 new COVID-19 cases; recovery rate at 41.39 percent
Deanna Wagner | 24 May, 2020, 04:08

Worldwide, more than 53 lakh people have been affected due to coronavirus, almost 3,40,000 have died.

The health ministry said that active COVID-19 cases stand at 69,597, while 51,783 people have recovered and a patient has migrated.

The government's data shows that almost 25,000 cases have come up in last four days since the centre announced relaxations in the movement of people during the fourth phase of the lockdown. However, he added, "But if you see overall, this is a much lower trajectory as compared to the rest of the world". It also showed almost 54,000 having recovered, leaving the count of active cases at more than 71,000. Maharashtra confirmed almost 3,000 fresh cases on Friday, the highest single-day coronavirus infections in any state so far. The fatalities in the state rose to 1,500.

More than half of this cumulative number of confirmed cases have been reported since May 8 - the day when the morning update by the Union Health Ministry had put the number of confirmed cases at 56,342.

Nations with a high load of coronavirus cases, including the United States, with a high fatality ratio - the percentage of deaths among confirmed COVID-19 cases - at 6 percent, while European countries accounted for an even higher death rate.

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Earlier, India quickly ramped up health facilities, gaining crucial time by imposing lockdowns at an early stage on 24 March with just 500 cases recorded.

Of the 137 deaths reported since Friday morning, 63 were in Maharashtra, 29 in Gujarat, 14 each from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, six from West Bengal, four from Tamil Nadu, two each from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, and one from Haryana.

Several states and UTs continued to report new cases, with the national capital itself recording the highest single-day spike of 571 fresh cases to take its total to 11,659. With only 0.55 beds per 1000 population in government hospitals, the country built COVID-19 dedicated hospitals and converted old train carriages into isolation wards. Chandigarh has reported 218 cases, while 175 people have tested positive in Tripura and 172 Chhattisgarh.

Haryana's COVID-19 cases crossed 1,000, reaching 1,031. Brazil overtook Russia Friday as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections worldwide behind the United States, which is the epicentre of the pandemic.

The department has reported three deaths this week. J&K has reported 1,449 COVID-19 cases.