Coronavirus: Total cases near 60,000; death toll climbs to 1,984
Till Friday, India reported nearly 60,000 cases of COVID-19 and a death toll of 1,984, according to data compiled from official state and union territory government statistics. The development comes as the Union Health Ministry had admitted that the doubling rate of the outbreak had quickened. The Ministry said that we must now "learn to live with the virus." Here are more details.
Health Ministry confirms 56,342 COVID-19 cases, 1,886 deaths
As of 8 am on Friday, the Union Health Ministry had reported 56,342 cases of COVID-19 including 1,886 deaths, 37,916 active cases, 16,539 recoveries. According to the latest data compiled from official state and union territory government statistics, India has reported 59,662 cases and 1,910 deaths. Including the deaths of 74 other patients—attributed to causes other than COVID-19 by states/UTs—the death toll reaches 1,984.
Here's how India's worst-hit states fared on Friday
Till Friday, Maharashtra reported 19,063 COVID-19 cases with 731 deaths. Gujarat's COVID-19 cases rose to 7,402 with 449 deaths. Further, Delhi reported 6,318 cases (including 68 deaths), Tamil Nadu reported 6,009 cases (including 40 deaths), Rajasthan reported 3,579 cases (including 103 deaths), Madhya Pradesh reported 3,341 cases (including 200 deaths), and Uttar Pradesh reported 3,214 cases (including 66 deaths).
Odisha, Karnataka, Jharkhand recorded biggest spikes
Odisha recorded 51 new cases, taking its tally to 270, including two deaths. With 48 new cases, Karnataka's tally rose to 753. It also reported a death toll of 30. Jharkhand reported 21 new cases, taking its tally to 132. The state has also reported three deaths, including one case where the victim had tested negative before death but was yet to be discharged.
Tripura hits biggest spike for sixth consecutive day
30 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Tripura—25 from the 86th battalion of the Border Security Force, four from the BSF's 138th battalion, and one truck driver. The state's tally stands at 118. Incidentally, the state had briefly been declared "coronavirus free" in April.
Assam reports 2nd death; Haryana death toll rises to 8
In Assam, a 16-year-old girl tested positive for COVID-19 after she died on Thursday night. This marks the second COVID-19 death in the state. A 28-year-old COVID-19 patient died in Haryana's Panipat, taking the state's death toll to eight. The patient reportedly also suffered from tuberculosis. Kerala reported one new COVID-19 case after reporting zero cases for two consecutive days.
Indians brought back from Bahrain, Singapore, Dhaka, Riyadh
As part of India's 'Vande Bharat Mission', 182 Indians from Bahrain, 234 from Singapore, 168 from Dhaka, and 152 from Riyadh were brought back to India via special flights. For returnees, Odisha has increased the quarantine period from 14 days to 28 days (21-day institutional quarantine + 7-day home quarantine). The Supreme Court asked states to consider home delivery of liquor.