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. 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 single day COVID-19 numbers.
India is only behind US, Brazil and Russia as far as coronavirus numbers are concerned.
Tamil Nadu, which is 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.