The number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours is 294, taking the total in India to 6,642.
New Delhi: India reported 9,887 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in the biggest one-day spike so far, government data shows. There has been a minor fall in recovery rate compared to Friday, from 48.27 per cent to 48.20 per cent. The number of deaths reported in the last 24 hours is 294, taking the total in India to 6,642. The country has till now reported over 2.3 lakh coronavirus cases, taking it above Italy to become the nation with the sixth highest coronavirus cases. Over 1.14 lakh people have recovered in India. In terms of cases, India had crossed China - where the virus emerged late last year - for the ninth spot just a week ago.
The number of states with four-digit or bigger tallies has doubled since May 1 when the centre allowed the movement of migrant workers in special trains from big urban clusters to their villages. Some of these states have seen their tallies rising more than 10-fold.
While Delhi and Gujarat already have their tallies running into five digits, at least three other states - Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh - have total confirmed cases of more than 9,000.
Maharashtra has the highest number of total confirmed cases, active cases, recoveries and deaths. Delhi is at the second place in terms of active cases, though it is third after Tamil Nadu in terms of total cases. Gujarat is ranked second for fatalities, followed by Delhi at the third place.
The central and state governments are currently in the process of paring down restrictions in place since March 25 as part of a nationwide lockdown.
There is no shortage of beds for coronavirus patients in Delhi and nearly 5,000 are still available, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government said on Friday, refuting reports that the capital's hospitals are turning back people affected by the deadly disease.
The government's clarification comes amid reports of a number of coronavirus patients and their families in the capital complaining that they were denied treatment on time as COVID-19 cases in the city crossed the 26,000 mark.
The government on Thursday announced new rules for allowing shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and places of worship to open gradually following the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown.
The guidelines, which will come into effect from Monday, include measures like staggering visitors to malls and no touching of idols at religious places. Detailed rules were also issued for offices which have been allowed to reopen over the past few weeks. All establishments that come under containment zones, however, will remain closed as announced earlier.
Employees of the establishments who are at higher risk -- like older staff members or those who are pregnant or have underlying medical conditions - should take extra precautions. It also asked hotels and restaurant owners to encourage contactless mode of ordering and digital payments.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that any misconduct at quarantine centres will amount to non-bailable charges equivalent to "attempt to murder".