The coronavirus disease has not "exploded" in India, but the risk of that happening remains as the country moves towards unlocking its nationwide lockdown that was imposed in March to contain the COVID-19, according to a top World Health Organization expert.
The country had registered 512 coronavirus infection cases till March 24. The cases have been rising sharply, by 8,000 or more, for several days now. Thursday's toll of 3,574 new cases was the highest since February, when the outbreak was first repo rted.
In this period, Maharashtra's tally has actually grown from about 11,000 to more than 80,000, while that of Delhi has also risen manifold from about 3,700 to more than 26,000 and Gujarat from about 4,700 to over 19,000.
The health ministry also reported one new death, raising total fatalities to 117.
Five Indian states with the biggest 24-hour jump in total cases on Friday were Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, and Bengal. In the south, Tamil Nadu has reported 28,694 cases with 232 deaths so far.
As of Saturday afternoon, at least 42 cases were linked to door-to-door sellers hired by Richway, a Seoul-based health product provider. The number of fatalities from coronavirus pandemic rose to 294 on Friday - the highest death toll in a single day.
Though the count of recoveries has risen, India still has more than 1 lakh active cases across the country. That brought the country's confirmed total to 110,026 cases and 13,170 deaths. While the death toll stood at 394,875, as many as 2,746,192 people have recovered so far. But experts said the country is still nowhere near its peak and doctors fear what will happen once the imminent monsoon season hits.
Brazil came at the second position with 6.14 lakh confirmed coronavirus cases.
The two cases are men who returned from Russian Federation and Kuwait and are in quarantine, where most of Thailand's recent cases have been detected, said Panprapa Yongtrakul, an assistant spokeswoman for the government's Covid-19 Administration Centre.
A total of 1,14,073 patients have recovered.
New Zealand has not recorded a new coronavirus case for 15 days, authorities said. 138 new cases were reported on June 5.
The total number of cases stands at 1,504, with 22 deaths.
He described the COVID-19 situation in the state as grim.
The official death toll has been called into question, however, after mortality data from Russia's second-largest city, St Petersburg, revealed the city had issued 1,552 more death certificates this May than in the previous year - a 32% rise.
A record increase was recorded by West Bengal too where 427 new cases took the tally to 7,303.
All of the cases were imported, involving travellers arriving from overseas, the National Health Commission (NHC) said on its website.
The NHC also confirmed two new asymptomatic cases, or people who are infected with the virus but do not show symptoms, compared with three the day before.
The tally showed that at least 19 states now have their tallies of confirmed cases in four or more digits, as against just nine on May 1.
In Assam, with a spike in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, the total tally has gone up to 2,243 as per State Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma's latest Twitter update.