India recorded 3,44,949 fresh COVID-19 cases on Friday. As many as 2,620 deaths were reported during the day taking the overall fatalities due to the pandemic to 1,89,549. The total confirmed cases soared to 1,66,02,456 in the country. The active infection load comprised 25,43,914 cases.
Maharashtra reported as many as 66,836 new cases on Friday. The total case tally of the state rose to 41,61,676 while the active infection load comprised 6,91,851 cases. A total of 74,045 discharges and 773 new fatalities were recorded on the day. The number of fatalities has now reached 63,252.
A total of 36,605 new cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh on the day taking the confirmed cases to 10,13,370. The active cases stood at 2,73,653. As many as 22,566 discharges and 196 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours taking the death toll to 10,737.
Delhi saw 24,331 new cases on Friday. With this, the total caseload has reached 9,80,679. The active infection load now comprised 92,029 cases. As many as 348 recent deaths took the overall fatalities to 13,541.
Karnataka confirmed 26,962 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 12,74,959. The active cases of the state have surged to 2,14,311. Bengaluru has emerged as the district with the highest number of active cases in the country, just under 1.5 lakh as of Thursday. The only other district in India with over 1 lakh active cases is Pune with under 1.2 lakh. The death toll of the state has reached 14,075 after recording 190 new fatalities.
The active infections in Kerala surged to 1,78,979 on Friday. The state added 28,447 new incidences and 27 deaths on the day. The case tally went up to 13,50,502 while the death toll has reached 5,056.
Amid rising cases in Kerala, restrictions similar to lockdown have been announced by the Pinarayi Vijayan government for Saturday and Sunday.DIG K Sanjay Kumar Gurudin, who heads the Covid special surveillance team, said that only essential services and emergency activities would be allowed on 24 and 25 April.
Chhattisgarh reported 17,397 infections, 15,254 discharges and 219 deaths on Friday. The total confirmed cases went up to 6,22,965, of which the active infections totalled 1,23,479. The death toll stood at 6,893.
Other states which reported a spike in cases on Friday included Rajasthan (15,398 new cases), Gujarat (13,804), Tamil Nadu (13,776), Madhya Pradesh (13,590), West Bengal (12,876), Haryana (11,854), Andhra Pradesh (11,766), Bihar (12,672), Punjab (6,728), Odisha (6,215), Telangana (6,026), Jharkhand (5,741), Uttarakhand (4,339), Assam (2,384), Jammu and Kashmir (1,937), Himachal Pradesh (1,189) and Goa (1,420).