India witnessed the biggest spike in daily COVID-19 cases today. The states registered 6,088 fresh coronavirus cases in last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country stood at 118,447. The death toll due to COVID-19 infection breached the grim milestone of 3,500. At least 150 people died due to COVID-19 infection in last 24 hours.
Maharashtra saw an explosion of COVID-19 cases this week. The coronavirus tally in the state crossed 40,000. The state added 2,345 coronavirus cases in last 24 hours — highest in a single day. Mumbai, the financial hub of India, confirmed over 25,000 cases. Maharashtra recorded 65 fatalities on Thursday, taking the total death toll in the state to 1,454. In the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Maharashtra government imposed new lockdown guidelines from today.
Tamil Nadu recorded the second highest number of coronavirus cases in India. The state added over 700 COVID-19 cases for the second straight day. The coronavirus tally in the state inched towards 14,000 in the state.
The coronavirus cases count in the national capital witnessed a record jump of 660 in a day, taking the total tally to 12,319. At least 14 new deaths were added in the tally taking the total COVID toll in the national capital to 208.
The Union health ministry announced on May 20 that pre-symptomatic, moderately symptomatic, and mildly symptomatic COVID-19 patients who have not got fever in the past 10 days do not pose a threat of spreading the infection to others.
The government on 9 May revised the discharge policy for covid-19 patients, indicating that positive cases having mild symptoms can be managed without hospitalization.
“We have ramped up testing and the daily figure for last two days is going above one lakh. Out of 107,609 tests, 89,466 tests were conducted at the ICMR laboratories while 18,143 tests were conducted at private labs," said Dr Raman Gangakhedkar, head scientist of epidemiology and communicable diseases at ICMR.