India Records 100 COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours

The global death toll has crossed three lakh.

New Delhi: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,649 and the number of cases climbed to 81,970 on Friday, registering an increase of 100 deaths and 3,967 cases in the last 24 hours since Thursday 8 am, according to the Union health ministry.

The number of active cases stood at 51,401 while 27,919 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said. “Thus, around 34.06% patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said.

The total confirmed cases include foreign nationals too.

Of the 100 deaths reported since Thursday morning, 44 were in Maharashtra, 20 in Gujarat, 9 in Delhi, 8 in West Bengal, five each in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, four in Rajasthan, two each in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and one in Andhra Pradesh.

Of the 2,649 fatalities, Maharashtra tops tally with 1,019 deaths, Gujarat comes second with 586 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 237, West Bengal at 215, Rajasthan at 125, Delhi at 115, Uttar Pradesh at 88, Tamil Nadu at 66 and Andhra Pradesh at 48.

The death toll reached 35 in Karnataka, 34 Telangana and 32 in Punjab.

Haryana and Jammu and Kashmir have reported 11 fatalities each due to the disease while Bihar has registered seven and Kerala has reported four deaths.

Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Odisha have recorded three COVID-19 fatalities each while Himachal Pradesh and Assam have reported two deaths each.

Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Puducherry have reported one fatality each, according to the ministry data.

More than 70% of the deaths are “due to co-morbidities” (existence of multiple disorders), according to the ministry.

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The data updated this morning showed the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 27,524, followed by Tamil Nadu at 9,674, Gujarat at 9,591, Delhi at 8,470 Rajasthan at 4,534, Madhya Pradesh at 4,426 and Uttar Pradesh at 3,902.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 2,377 in West Bengal, 2,205 in Andhra Pradesh and 1,935 in Punjab.

It has risen to 1,414 in Telangana, 994 in Bihar, 987 in Karnataka, 983 in Jammu and Kashmir and 818 in Haryana.

Odisha has reported 611 coronavirus infection cases so far while Kerala has 560 cases. A total of 197 people have been infected with the virus in Jharkhand and 191 in Chandigarh.

Tripura has reported 156 cases, Assam has 87 cases, Uttarakhand has 78, Himachal Pradesh has 74 cases, Chhattisgarh has 60 and Ladakh has registered 43 cases so far.

Thirty-three COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Goa reported 14 COVID-19 cases while Meghalaya and Puducherry registered 13 cases each.

Manipur has three cases. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli reported a case each till how.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said on its website. State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it said.

Delhi once again reports highest single-day spike

The rate of doubling of coronavirus cases in the national capital is 11-12 days now, but the situation will improve if it becomes 20 days or more, Delhi health minister Satyendar Jain said on Thursday.

The coronavirus death toll in Delhi climbed to 115, while 472 fresh cases, the highest single-day spike reported here, took the tally to over 8,000 on Thursday.

“The doubling rate of cases in Delhi is 11-12 days. We would be in a more comfortable position if the doubling rate is 20 or more than 20 days,” he told reporters.

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With 472 fresh cases, Delhi’s COVID-19 count now stands at 8,470.

Under the Disaster Management Act, the Delhi government has instructed all hospitals to submit death summaries, and 115 is the current number of fatalities in Delhi due to COVID-19, Jain said.

Indian shares fall as relief measures fail to impress

Indian shares fell on Friday after details on the government’s economic package failed to impress investors already worried about rising coronavirus cases and poor corporate earnings reports.

India has been unveiling a series of economic measures as part of a Rs 20-trillion ($265 billion) fiscal and monetary package, but announcements over the past two days – including loan guarantees for small businesses and free food grains for workers – have fallen short of market expectations.

India’s blue-chip NSE Nifty 50 index was set to extend Thursday’s 2.6% loss and record another weekly drop as automotive stocks led declines in Mumbai.

Economists have also said the government’s measures would have a limited impact on fiscal spending as large parts of funding for migrant workers, farmers and small businesses were through state-run banks and financial institutions.

Global death toll crosses three lakh

Globally, cases near the 4.5 million mark. Across the world, there have now been 4,443,793 confirmed cases around the world as of Friday morning.

According to the Johns Hopkins University, the global death toll due to COVID-19 stands at 302,462.

In many countries, official data includes only deaths reported in hospitals, not those in homes or nursing homes.

The US has recorded 1,417,889 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus. Spain is in second place with 272,646 cases, followed by Russia (252,245) and the UK (234,440).

Deaths in the US climbed to 85,906, the highest in any country, followed by the UK (33,693), Italy (31,368), France (27,428) and Spain (27,321). The death toll has also been high in Brazil (13,999), Belgium (8,903), Germany (7,884), Iran (6,854). In China, 4,637 people have died due to COVID-19.

(With agency inputs)