NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 outbreak in India touched another peak on Friday with the number of fresh cases going past 800 for the first time in the wake of a big spike in Delhi, which reported 183 new infections, as well as surging numbers in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
The countrys overall coronavirus count topped 7,500 while the death toll rose to 258, with 26 casualties reported from various states on Friday. As many as 859 fresh cases were confirmed by states beating Thursdays record high of 787 cases, as per numbers collated by TOI.
Delhi saw a doubling of new cases as compared to the previous highest of 93 recorded on Wednesday, with 84% (154) of these coming from Tablighi Jamaat members put under quarantine after being evacuated from the organisations Nizamuddin headquarters. Delhi also recorded two deaths, taking its casualty count to 14.
Meanwhile, Mumbai became the first Indian city to record 1,000 Covid-19 cases. . With 132 new cases and 10 deaths reported on Friday, Mumbais overall case tally stood at 1,008 and casualties to 64. The city accounts for 64% of cases in Maharashtra, which reported over 200 fresh infections for the second day in a row.
Gujarat (116) and Rajasthan (98) also saw their highest single-day count of Covid cases.
In Delhi, a 56-year-old man who had contracted Covid-19 while undergoing treatment for gall bladder cancer at Delhi State Cancer Institute (DSCI) – a state-run hospital where 22 healthcare workers have been confirmed positive for Covid-19 – is among the latest victims of the novel coronavirus in Delhi.
Officials said more than 40 Covid-19 patients admitted in hospitals are in ICU support and another 20 require oxygen support.
Also, there are 50 Covid-19 patients in the capital for whom the source of infection is yet to be ascertained, officials said.
Maharashtras total coronavirus count touched 1,574 on Friday. The state accounts for over 20% of all cases in India. Dharavi, Mumbais most densely populated locality, reported 11 new cases.
Northeast India reported the first death due to Covid-19 on Friday when a 65-year-old man from Assams Hailakandi district succumbed to the infection. He had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 18 after performing Umrah Haj and had also attended the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi.
Madhya Pradesh recorded six more Covid-19 deaths, taking the states total toll to 36. MP has the highest death rate from Covid-19 in the country. The fresh casualties included a 65-year-old retired Ayush officer of Dhar district.
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