With nearly 10,000 new cases, India’s corona count hits new high, nears Italy’s tally

With nearly 10,000 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the country’s Covid count on Friday hit a new high — 2,26,770 — getting closer to Italy’s latest tally of 2.34 lakh. As per the Union Health Ministry, India registered 9,851 more corona cases and 273 deaths in the past 24 hours, surging the total to 2,26,770, which includes 1,10,960 active cases.

The Health Ministry informed that 1,09,462 people have been cured/discharged/migrated, while 6,348 people have succumbed to the infection across the country so far.

Maharashtra recorded 139 deaths in Friday, the highest number of deaths due to Covid-19 in a single day. At least 2,436 people tested positive for the infection in the state on Friday, pushing the total count to 80,229 including 2,849 deaths. About 35,156 patients have recovered, as per the state’s Health Department.

As for Delhi, with 1,330 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, its total number of coronavirus cases mounted to 26,334 on Friday. According to the Delhi government, out of the 26,334 cases, 15,311 are active Covid-19 cases. The death toll stands at 708 as of 5 June. Delhi

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain has denied the shortage of beds for COVID-19 patients in the national capital. He said: “There are some misleading reports that there is a shortage of beds for corona patients in Delhi because a few private hospitals are refusing admissions. The truth is — there is absolutely no shortage of beds in Delhi at the moment.”

“In the last three days, over 1,000 corona patients have been admitted to various hospitals in Delhi. If beds were not available, this would have not been possible. Even now, we have close to 5,000 vacant beds. And we are making hospital bed data live and real-time soon,” added the minister.

In Gujarat, the total number of cases has reached 18,584. There are 4,762 active cases in the state, while 12,667 people have been cured or discharged. 1,155 people have died in the state. In Bihar, 99 more Covid-19 positive cases have been reported, taking the total number of cases to 4,551 in the state. As for Uttar Pradesh, 502 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours. The state has now 3,828 active cases and 5,648 people have been cured or discharged. The toll stands at 257, said Amit Mohan Prasad, Principal Secretary, Health, Uttar Pradesh.

With agency inputs

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