India reported the biggest single-day jump in the number of new coronavirus patients and deaths linked to the highly infectious illness, taking the total 1,73,763 cases and 4,971 deaths. In the last 24 hours, 7,964 new patients were registered and 265 patients died.
This is the second consecutive day that India – the ninth worst hit country due to the pandemic – has reported over 7,000 cases in a single day and eighth day when more than 6,000 patients were logged in 24 hours. More than 80,000 patients have recovered so far.
Four states – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Assam- on Friday recorded the highest single-day jump in the number of COVID-19 patients.
In Maharashtra, the worst-hit state, 116 deaths linked to COVID-19 were recorded in a day, taking the tally to 2,098. The total number of cases surpassed the 62,000-mark.
In Tamil Nadu, 874 new cases were reported, taking the infection count past the 20,000-mark.
Telangana recorded 169 new patients and four deaths on Friday, taking the tally to 2,425.
While Assam continues to grapple with floods, the number of coronavirus cases crossed the 1,000-mark on Friday with 177 new patients.
Worldwide, the COVID-19 count has crossed the six million-mark, over 3.6 lakh people have died.