COVID-19 cases in India cross 2.97 lakh


New Delhi: With a spike of 10,956 cases, highest number of cases recorded in a span of 24 hours, India’s COVID-19 tally crossed 2.9 lakh and reached 2,97,535 on Friday.

Out of the total number of cases, 1,41,842 are active cases while 1,47,194 have recovered.

With over 97,000 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (38,716), Delhi (34,687) and Gujarat (22,032).

Maharashtra, the state with the most number of confirmed cases recorded 3607 new cases of infection between Wednesday night and Thursday evening. With this development, the state’s tally stands at 97,648. The state also witnessed 150 coronavirus-related deaths during the same time and its Covid-19 death toll is now 3,590. Tamil Nadu is second only to Maharashtra with 38,716 confirmed cases followed by Delhi with 34,687 cases and Gujarat with 22,067 cases.

India’s first sero-survey on the COVID-19 outbreak found that lockdown and containment measures were successful in preventing a rapid rise in infections, but a large proportion of the population still remains susceptible, the government said on Thursday.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) asserted that the country is not in the community transmission stage.

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