Coronavirus cases in India crossed 2.66 lakh cases today after a record number of 9,987 cases were reported in 24 hours, even as the government allowed a number of relaxations from Monday after over two months of lockdown. This is the biggest single-day jump in cases as the country recorded over 9,000 cases for the seventh consecutive day. The country is closing in on 10,000 cases per day.
The total number of deaths due to the virus now stands at 7,466, government data shows. The total number of cases is 2,66,598 out of which 1,29,215 have recovered. 266 people died in the last 24 hours due to the deadly disease.
India’s recovery rate – the number of patients who have fought the disease successfully – is currently at 48.46 per cent.
The total number of samples tested so far is 49,16,116. In the last 24 hours, 1,41,682 samples have been tested.
Maharashtra remains the worst-hit state in the country – the state has even surpassed China’s tally with over 88,000 cases. The state also has the highest number of deaths at 3,169 and its capital Mumbai is one of the worst-hit cities in the country. Tamil Nadu and Delhi, which are also registering a steady spike in cases, are the second and third worst-hit in India.
For the past few days, India has seen a surge in cases even as from today places of worship, malls and restaurants reopened under “Unlock 1” – the first of the three-phase plan for reopening of prohibited activities in non-containment zones with strict rules.
The World Health Organization said that the coronavirus pandemic situation was worsening around the globe, as it warned against complacency.