Over 18,000 Covid Cases In 24 Hours For 1st Time; 5.08 Lakh Total Cases

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Over 18,000 Covid Cases In 24 Hours For 1st Time; 5.08 Lakh Total Cases

New Delhi: Six days after it recorded four lakh infections, India's COVID-19 tally raced past five lakh today with the highest single-day surge of 18,552 cases, according to Union health ministry data. 384 COVID-19 deaths were also reported during the period, taking the total number of casualties due to the virus to 15,685. The number of active cases stands at 1,97,387, while 2,95,880 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, according to the updated figure at 8 AM. On Friday, India crossed the 5 lakh figure after the country reported its highest single-day spike of over 17,000 cases. It took 149 days to cross the five-lakh mark. India has been recording over 14,000 cases for the past eight days now.

Here are 10 points on India's coronavirus situation:

Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state with 1,52,765 infections and 7,106 deaths due to the virus. The state has a positivity rate of 17.52 per cent and death rate of 4.65 per cent.

Delhi, which has overtaken Mumbai as the worst-affected city in the country, has reported 77,240 croronavirus cases. 2,492 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the national capital, which is grappling with shortage of COVID-19 beds. A mammoth exercise will begin in the city-state from today to determine the spread of the coronavirus disease. The serological survey -- part of the new COVID-19 response plan -- is expected to help officials prepare a broad strategy to combat the pandemic.

Tamil Nadu, which is ranked third on India's coronavirus list, has reported 74,622 cases and 957 deaths.

West Bengal registered its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases on Friday, recording 542 fresh infections, to push the tally to 16,190. A total of 10,535 patients have recovered from the respiratory ailment, a bulletin issued by the health department said.

The total of COVID-19 cases in Haryana reached 12,884 on Friday with 421 people testing positive in the last 24 hours. With 13 deaths, the death count stood at 211, official government data said.

Delhi, Chennai, Thane, Mumbai, Palghar, Pune, Hyderabad, Ranga Reddy, Ahmedabad and Faridabad are 10 cities and districts that have contributed to 54.47 per cent of the total cases in the country. Delhi, earlier this month, overtook Mumbai to be the worst-hit city in India.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday showered praise on Yogi Adityanath for his handling of COVID-19 pandemic. The vast and extensive preparations made by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister saved at least 85,000 lives, PM Modi said. "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.

Amid a spurt in total coronavirus cases, Assam on Friday announced a "total lockdown" in Guwahati from Monday for the next two weeks. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma advised the people of the state to stock up essentials as no establishment other than hospitals and medical stores will be allowed to open. "A total lockdown will be observed in Kamrup (Metro) district for two weeks from Sunday midnight. For the first seven days, only pharmacies and hospitals will be open. Everything else will be shut," he said.

The worst-hit coronavirus states - Delhi, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra - will received the first batch of the generic version of the experimental COVID-19 drug Remdesivir, which is being manufactured in India by Hyderabad-based drugmaker Hetero.

India has the fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases among 10 nations worst-hit by coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 4.89 lakh people globally since it was first detected in China in December last year. Over 96.04 lakh people have been infected with the highly contagious virus globally.

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