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COVID-19: India tally nears 60,000; death toll close to 2000

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New Delhi: India reported 3,320 new coronavirus patients and 95 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness in the last 24 hours, bringing the total to 59,662 cases, the Union Health Ministry said Saturday morning.

Maharashtra continued to add over 1,000 cases to the tally even on Friday.


The number of COVID-19 related deaths in India increased to 1,981. As many as 95 people succumbed to death in last 24 hours. Maharashtra also witnessed the biggest spike in single-day death toll. At least 37 people died in the state in last 24 hours. Gujarat reported 24 deaths on Friday.

The number of active coronavirus patients in the country stood at 39,834. On a brighter side, nearly 30% of total coronavirus cases were recovered from the disease.

Maharashtra’s coronavirus count increased to 19,063. The state witnessed over 1,000 fresh cases in last 24 hours. The death toll in the state stood at 731. Maharashtra was the only state in India to record over 19,000 coronavirus cases in India and more than 700 fatalities.

The coronavirus cases in Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and West Bengal are on rise. Tamil Nadu again added 600 fresh cases in last 24 hours. The state saw the biggest jump in COVID-19 count this week. The total number of coronavirus patients in the state stood at 6,009.

Delhi and Tamil Nadu were the latest states to confirm more than 6,000 coronavirus cases after Maharashtra and Gujarat. At least 300 people confirmed positive for coronavirus infection in last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 tally in the national capital to 6,318.

The health ministry on Friday said that the citizens have to learn how to live with coronavirus. “We will have to learn to live with the virus. All practices should be implemented as a behavioural change,” said Luv Agarwal, joint secretary, health ministry said.

ICMR will conduct clinical trial to assess the safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma therapy in 21 hospitals, Agarwal added.