The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India neared the 1.2 lakh-mark on Friday, while the death toll has crossed the 3,500-mark as well. The death toll is 338,121.
Meanwhile, the number of cases in Maharashtra, India's worst-hit state, surged past 40,000.
With a total of 1,25,100 cases, data from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there now 69,597 active, 51,783 who recovered while 3,720 people have lost their lives to the deadly virus, including 137 in the last one day, which is 11 less deaths than 24 hours ago. Most number of cases are reported in Maharashtra. The third estimation by two independent economists states that 23 lakh cases and 68,000 deaths were averted.
The United States recorded a further 1,127 deaths from COVID-19 on Saturday, bringing its total to 97,048 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
370 patients have recovered today while 6,267 patients have recovered so far. It is 566 cases more in a single day than it reported on Friday. 62 new cases were reported on May 22. "Whereas India used the lockdown period aggressively, we have made preparations so that even if now the cases are increasing, the health facilities are here to take care", said Kumar.
On Friday, India recorded 6,088 new cases and 5,611 cases were recorded on Wednesday in the span of 24 hours.
As many as 137 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3,720. "And the most vulnerable states like Bihar, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh still have the least amount of cases", added Kumar.
Karnataka recorded an uptick of 143 new cases, the highest single-day jump after the 149 fresh cases recorded in the state on May 19. Karnataka has 1,605 cases, including 41 deaths. Brazil overtook Russia Friday as the country with the second-highest number of coronavirus infections worldwide behind the United States, which is the epicentre of the pandemic. Some suggest demographics, varying immune systems and the pile-up of cases in big cities as the cause of the low death rate. One death was reported in Black Hawk County, one in Dallas County, one in Jasper County, one in Linn County, two in Madison County, one in Marshall County, one in Monroe County, three in Muscatine County, and one in Pottawattamie County. A 70-year-old from Parisabad area of Budgam district died on Thursday.