Maharashtra remains the state with the highest number of cases at 1 lakh 86 thousand 626. With over 6,000 new cases of coronavirus reported in Mumbai in a day and a positivity rate of over 18 per cent, the spike in the number of cases is a worry. Authorities say the spike is along expected lines as many lockdown restrictions have been relaxed. Mumbai also has a high death rate due to COVID-19 and Maharashtra is now focussing on a new protocol for categorisation of patients to address the high number of deaths.
Tamil Nadu again saw a single-day high of 4,343 fresh cases in day, with the state’s coronavirus tally touching 98,392. Capital Chennai has 63.6 per cent of the total cases in the state.
With over 92,175 total cases, Delhi has the third highest number of coronavirus cases in India after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Union Home Minister Amit Shah held a meet on Thursday to review the coronavirus situation in the National Capital Region – comprising Delhi and parts of Haryana and Uttar Pradesh – where he stressed on more testing and early hospitalisation to reduce mortality rates. Among the three states, the testing rate was lowest in Uttar Pradesh and at the meeting, there were questions on why Gautam Budh Nagar was only conducting 72 and Ghaziabad 78 tests per million.
Karnataka saw a single day spike, with the total number of cases crossing the 18,000-mark on Thursday. The number of cases in Bengaluru too has seen a sharp rise in recent days.
Neighbouring Kerala on Thursday saw 160 coronavirus cases with 202 recoveries. This is highest number for recoveries in a single day and comes after the state’s decision for change in the discharge norm, with people being discharged with a single negative test instead of two negatives.
India has the fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases among 10 nations worst-hit by coronavirus. The coronavirus pandemic has killed 5,21,164 people globally since it emerged in China late last year. Over 1 crore people have been infected with the highly contagious virus.
The US notched more than 53,000 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours on Thursday, which is a new one-day record as infections surge around the country.