India has registered a record of 10,956 new Covid-19 cases and 396 deaths for the first time in a single day since the outbreak of pandemic, as per the Union Health Ministry data till Friday 8 am. This takes the total count of corona-positive cases to 2,97,535 and death toll to 8,489 in the country.
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are the three worst-hit states from corona. In the last 24 hours these three states have witnessed a huge spike in Covid-19 cases: While Maharashtra registered 3,607, Delhi and Tamil Nadu registered 1,877 and 1875 cases respectively. In fact, both Maharashtra and Delhi have registered the highest ever corona case in 24 hours.
Interestingly, even as the numbers rise alarmingly, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that “India is not in the community transmission stage of the coronavirus pandemic.”
“We have to continue with our strategy of testing, tracing, tracking, quarantine and containment measures; we should not give up our guard on these,” said Dr Balram Bhargava, Director General of the ICMR.
Globally, coronavirus has infected over 75 lakh people. And more than 4.2 lakh people have lost their lives due to the pandemic. India has now overtaken the United Kingdom to become the fourth worst-hit nation, after the US, Brazil and Russia. The number of active corona patients in the country stands at 141,842. Also, 147,194 people have recovered so far which meant that over 49% of the total Covid patients were recovered. However, the number of cases and deaths per lakh population in India is also lowest in the world, with 20.77 cases as compared to 91.67 cases globally, and 0.59 deaths in India as opposed to 5.23 deaths in the world.
Meanwhile, the Central government said on Friday that India is doing pretty well in its fight against the coronavirus and will win this war.
Lockdown has also completed 80 days since it was impose on 25 March, with markets, malls, hotels, places of worship in many states having opened lately with strict guidelines on social distancing and regular sanitisation to battle Covid-19.