BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the five lakh-mark on Friday after the country reported its highest single-day spike of over 17,000. The death toll in the country stands at 15,301.
Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, in the country has registered over 5,024 COVID-19 cases and 175 deaths in the last 24 hours. Maharashtra has 14,7741 coronavirus cases with Mumbai having 72,175 cases.
West Bengal also reported the highest single-day spike in new coronavirus cases. In the last 24 hours, the state reported 542 cases and the total number of active cases stand at 5039 and total cases reached 16,190. Total deaths in the state stand at 616 and number of people discharged is 10,535. Meanwhile, the Mamata Banerjee government is mulling resumption of Metro services from July 1 onwards and would ask the railway authorities to spell out the safety protocol they would be following. This is completely opposite of what she had said on Thursday, the day she had an all-party meeting with BJP Bengal president Dilip Ghosh and CPIM state secretary Surya Kanta Mishra. In that meeting, she announced the extension of lockdown in Bengal till July 31 and no resumption of local trains and metro services till that period. On Friday, West Bengal government also relaxed the night curfew by an hour. Mamata announced curfew from 10 pm to 5 am in the state instead of 9 pm till July 31.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu also recorded 3,509 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total cases to 70,977 and death toll reached 911.
Delhi, which continues to be struggling with COVID-19 beds, has 73,780 cases. In the last 24 hours, the national capital recorded 3,460 coronavirus cases.
Assam, which has 6321 cases, today announced a total lockdown in Guwahati from June 28 onwards till July 12 after witnessing sharp spike in new coronavirus patients was recorded in the last 10 days. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma next week, only pharmacies and hospitals will be allowed to open in the city and he asked the residents to finish shopping by Sunday.
Uttar Pradesh has recorded 20,193 COVID-19 cases with 611. Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said Yogi Adityanath’s state, with a population size the same as four European countries badly hit by the coronavirus, had only a fraction of their death count because of its singular efforts in fighting the deadly contagion.
India is only behind USA, Brazil and Russia as far as COVID-19 cases are concerned.