The coronavirus pandemic in India grew by the highest number yet on Friday when 7,466 fresh cases were detected across the country. Maharashtra saw an explosion of fresh cases while Delhi recorded its biggest spike in COVID-19 tally in last 24 hours.
The death toll in the country also continues to surge. At least 175 deaths were registered on Thursday, the third highest number of deaths in a single day. With this, the number of fatalities due to coronavirus infection climbed to 4,706.
With the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases, India overtook Turkey to become the ninth worst-affected country by coronavirus pandemic. The number of active coronavirus patients stood at 89,987. On the brighter side, over 42% of the total coronavirus patients have recovered from the disease.
Maharashtra, the worst-affected state by coronavirus pandemic, contributed the highest number of new cases on Thursday. Over 2,500 people tested positive for the disease. Mumbai alone reported 1,467 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. 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 on Thursday. The state detected 827 cases in last 24 hours, taking the total count to 19,372. At least 12 people died due to coronavirus infection in the state, which is the highest single day death toll.
National capital of India, Delhi, recorded over 1,000 cases in a day for the first time since the outbreak. At least 1,024 confirmed corona positive cases were detected in the 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 May 31. In the wake of coronavirus pandemic in the country, the Centre announced nationwide lockdown in the last week of March. Several lockdown norms were relaxed in every phase of the lockdown. India also resumed domestic flight services this week.