India recorded over 5,000 coronavirus cases for the second straight day. The states reported 5,609 fresh cases in last 24 hours, bringing the COVID-19 tally in in the country to 112,359. The number of deaths due to coronavirus infection inched towards 3,500-mark. As many as 132 people died in last 24 hours. India's mortality rate is relatively low compared to the global fatality rates.
Maharashtra was the worst-affected state by coronavirus pandemic. The state continued to over 2,000 fresh COVID-19 cases even on Wednesday. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state surged to 39,297. Maharashtra alone accounted for 34% of total coronavirus cases in India. Mumbai, India's financial hub, confirmed 24,118 coronavirus patients. Maharashtra accounted for 49% of all fatalities on Wednesday, with deaths surging to 65 — 41 in Mumbai.
The number of coronavirus cases in Delhi reached the 11,000-mark on Wednesday with 534 more people testing positive in last 24 hours. This was the biggest spike in COVID-19 cases in the national capital. The previous highest spike of 500 was recorded on May 19. A bulletin issued by the Delhi health department said the death toll from coronavirus infection has risen to 176.
Amid a rise in the coronavirus cases and a gradual fall in the number of containment zones in the national capital, the Health Department has also directed all district magistrates to identify containment zones in their areas as per the existing guidelines. All 11 districts of the city are currently in 'red' zone according to the Union health ministry's recent classification parameters.
Tamil Nadu also witnessed the highest rise in daily COVID-19 count on Wednesday. As many as 743 tested positive in the state. Chennai alone confirmed 8,228 COVID-19 cases.
In a bid to contain the spread of the virus in four zones in the city which continued to record higher incidence, a micro-level plan has been launched to test even people with very mild 'influenza like illness' symptoms, the state government said. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said the micro level plan 'in search of virus' has been launched in Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar and Kodambakkam zones of the city corporation.
India has only 7.9 cases for one lakh population compared to the world figure of 62.3 cases per lakh, the health ministry said on Wednesday. The recovery rate has also improved. Nearly 40% of the total coronavirus cases, 45,300 patients have been recovered so far. "The focus on clinical management and recovery has resulted in the improvement in the recovery rate," the ministry stated.