India recorded over 600 fresh COVID-19 cases in last 24 hours — highest in a single day since coronavirus outbreak in the country. Fresh cases were reported from Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country stood at 2,902.
Delhi witnessed a record surge in the COVID-19 count after 167 tested positive for coronavirus in the capital. There were 386 coronavirus patients in Delhi. Out of the total cases, at least 259 were linked to a religious conference in Delhi that held last month.
Delhi’s Nizammudin area emerged as the hotspot of COVID-19 in India. Around 650 people who had attended conference at Delhi’s Nizamuddin, tested positive in 14 states in the last two days, the health ministry said.
Tamil Nadu reported 102 coronavirus cases on Friday, taking the total count in the state over 400. 100 of them were linked to the Delhi’s Nizammudin conference. This was the third consecutive day of huge rise in the number of cases being reported from the state. Tamil Nadu added at least 75 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday. Over 100 people in Tamil Nadu tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday.
Maharashtra remained the worst affected state by coronavirus outbreak in the country. Mumbai has so far confirmed over 200 COVID-19 cases. At least 88 people tested positive for coronavirus in the state on Friday. Maharashtra reported three more deaths, bringing the death toll in the state to 19. Maharashtra has so far recorded highest number fatalities due to COVID-19 in India.
Andhra Pradesh confirmed 29 new cases in last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus patients in Andhra Pradesh was at 161, according the ministry of health and family welfare. On Friday, Andhra Pradesh reported its first death due to the novel coronarvirus in the state. A 55-year-old man, who had a medical history of diabetes and heart disease, had died, said Arja Srikanth, state nodal officer.
With 46 new coronavirus positive cases, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan rose to 179. Over 50 people tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh, taking the total count in the state to 174.
The death toll in the country has climbed to 68, after 12 fresh casualties were reported from various parts of the country.
India is under 21-day nationwide lockdown to mitigate the spread of the virus. Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged all Indians to switch off all other lights and stand at doors or balconies to light candles or diyas, torches or mobile flashlights for 9 minutes this Sunday.
“Experience the collective resolve, the collective superpower of 130 crore Indians. This will give us the strength to fight, as well as the confidence to win, in this hour of crisis,” PM Modi said.