BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: India’s COVID-19 count witnessed the biggest spike as 1,752 people tested positive for coronavirus in last 24 hours. This is the highest number of people testing people positive on a single day ever since the pandemic hit India. With this record number of fresh cases, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has reached 23,452. The death toll also has reached 723. Coronavirus claimed 37 lives in the last 24 hours in India.
The government said that a total of 4,814 people have recovered from COVID-19 so far, taking the share of recovered patients to 20.57 per cent of the total active cases – also the highest yet.
Maharashtra, the worst-affected state in India, saw an explosion of coronavirus cases on Thursday. As many as 778 people confirmed with COVID-19 infection in last 24 hours — highest spike in a single — taking the total number of COVID-19 in the state to 6,430. The coronavirus has killed 283 people in the state, the highest in any state.
Mumbai alone recorded nearly 500 fresh cases on Thursday. The financial capital of India accounted for 4,203 coronavirus cases. Nine more people succumbed to disease on Thursday, bringing the death toll in the city to 168. At least 473 patients have recovered from the disease so far, according to a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) release. At present, the city has 3,593 active coronavirus cases.
Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray directed the health authorities in Mumbai and Pune — the worst-hit COVID-19 hotspots — to take measures to contain virus spread.
The state will soon start conducting 75,000 rapid tests, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said. “We have also decided to use Hydroxychloroquine as a precautionary measure in some pockets like Dharavi of Mumbai,” he said.
Delhi has witnessed 2736 cases on Thursday with 50 deaths and 808 have recovered. Gujrat is also witnessing a high number of cases with 2624 coronavirus patients. In Jammu and Kashmir, 427 have been infected with COVID-19 and 5 have died. In Rajasthan, 1964 have contracted the disease, and in Tamil Nadu, 1683 have been infected with COVID-19. However, the state is going strict with lockdown restrictions.
Uttar Pradesh has recorded 1,604 cases and West Bengal has 514 cases according to Health Ministry. However, according to Bengal government, the number of positive cases stand at 385 with 18 deaths. Bengal has conducted 943 tests in 24 hours.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal government has officially linked 57 deaths to coronavirus. The state government on Friday revealed that according to its death audit committee, 57 COVID-19 patients had died, but clarified that 39 of these were due to “co-morbidities”, or complications arising out of coronavirus infections.
Only 18 of the deaths were because of COVID-19, West Bengal chief secretary Rajiva Sinha told the media. “Balance 39 deaths were due to comorbidities and COVID-19 was incidental,” Sinha said.