India recorded 62,276 COVID cases on Friday

India recorded 62,276 COVID cases on Friday

India recorded a spike of 62,276 new COVID-19 incidences on Friday, pushing the total case tally of the nation to 11,908,373. While the overall number of recoveries have reached 11,292,849 the death toll increased to 161,275. The active caseload now comprised 449,447 cases, according to the data from the union health ministry. As many as 30,341 patients were discharged on the day whilst 292 succumbed to the infection.

With 36,902 new infections, Maharashtra reported the highest number of incidences on the day. The total case tally of the state soared to 2,637,735 while the active infection load increased to 282,451. As many as 17,019 discharges were recorded on the day taking the total recoveries to 2,300,056. Around 112 new fatalities took the death toll to 53,907.

“Of 19,035,439 laboratory samples tested thus far, 2,637,735 have returned positive with over 1.57 lakh samples being tested in the last 24 hours,” said State Surveillance Officer Dr Pradeep Awate. The state’s recovery rate has dipped to 87.2% and the case fatality rate has incrementally dipped to 2.04%.

Currently, a total of 1,429,998 people across the state are in home quarantine and 14,578 are in institutional quarantine facilities. Maharashtra will enforce a night curfew from Sunday, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray’s office said. Shopping malls will be closed from 8 pm to 7 am, the order said. Over 5,500 cases were recorded in Mumbai in 24 hours in the sharpest single-day rise.

The active cases of Kerala remained at 24,270 after recording 1,825 new cases, 1,917 discharges and 14 deaths on Friday. The total confirmed case tally increased to 1,113,723 while the overall recoveries reached 1,084,585 and the death toll surged to 4,554, till now.

Punjab recorded 3,122 new cases 1,816 discharges and 59 deaths on Friday. The total case tally went up to 226,059, of which 22,652 are active infections. The total recoveries increased to 196,831 while the death toll rose to 6,576.

The number of containment zones in the state has increased from six to eight in a single day while the number of micro containment zones has decreased from 73 on Thursday to 71 on Friday, as per the health bulletin. Over 39,000 tests to detect the disease were conducted in the state on Friday.

Other states which saw a spike included Chhattisgarh (2,665 new infections), Karnataka (2,566), Gujarat (2,190), Madhya Pradesh (2,091), Tamil Nadu (1,971), Delhi (1,534), Haryana (1,322), Uttar Pradesh (1,028), Andhra Pradesh (984) and Rajasthan (853).

Over 5.81 crore beneficiaries have been vaccinated in India so far since the inoculation drive began on January 16. Around 26.05 lakh people were vaccinated in the last 24 hours.