Residents wait to get tested at a screening centre set up inside a slum during a nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on May 29, 2020. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP via Getty Images)
THE COVID-19 pandemic in India grew by the highest number yet on Friday (29) when 7,466 fresh cases where detected across the country. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country increased to 165,799.
With the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, India overtook Turkey to become the ninth worst-affected country by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The death toll in India continued to surge. At least 175 deaths were registered on Thursday, the third highest number of deaths in a single day. The number of fatalities due to coronavirus infection climbed to 4,706.
India now stands at 13th place in terms of death toll in the world.
The number of active coronavirus patients stood at 89,987. On the brighter side, over 42 per cent of the total coronavirus patients were recovered from the disease.
Maharashtra, the worst-affected state by coronavirus pandemic, contributed the highest number of new case. Over 2,500 people tested positive for the disease. Mumbai alone reported 1,467 new COVID-19 cases. Coronavirus infected 59,546 people in Maharashtra. The fatalities in the state rose to 1,982.
Tamil Nadu also witnessed high number of coronavirus cases. The state detected 827 cases in last 24 hours, taking the total count to 19,372. At least 12 died due to coronavirus infection in the state — highest single day death toll.
Delhi, the national capital, recorded over 1,000 cases in a day for the first time since the outbreak. At least 1,024 confirmed positive with coronavirus disease in last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi stood at 16,281. As many as 13 people succumbed to death on Thursday, bringing the death toll in the state to 316.
India is currently under the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown which will end on Sunday (31).