India registered 10,956 new COVID cases and 396 related deaths in the past 24 hours totalling to 2,97,535 cases on Friday morning. Currently, there are 141,842 active cases, while 8,498 has lost lives to the disease. A total of 147,195 has been cured so far, said the Union Health Ministry.
With more than 2,97 lakh confirmed cases, globally, India has climbed to the fourth position surpassing the COVID tally of the U.K which is 2,92,854 according to the country-wise tally of John Hopkin’s University.
However, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) asserts that the country is not in COVID-19 community transmission phase yet.
“The ICMR has calculated that compared to rural areas, the risk of spread was 1.09 times higher in urban areas and 1.89 times higher in urban slums. The infection fatality rate is very low at 0.08%,’’ ICMR Director General Dr. Balram Bhargava said at a press meet.
The lockdown and the containment measures helped to keep the virus in check, said ICMR
With 97,648 total confirmed cases Maharashtra has the worst number of infections. The state has 47,980 active cases and has seen 3590 related deaths so far. With 38,716 cases Tamil Nadu and with 34,687 confirmed cases Delhi stands at the second and third most affected positions.
The estimated total numbers of coronavirus cases globally stood at 7,273,958, with over 413,000 having died from the disease so far, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).