India registered its highest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases with 7,964 cases and 265 deaths reported in the past 24 hours. India has been reporting over 6,000 cases per day since May 22.
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi have become the top three COVID-load States, with over 56,000 active cases.
Here are the latest updates:
10.50 am | Maharashtra
Backlog effect: Mumbai’s recovered cases jump from 8,650 to 16,008
On the positive side, the city’s recovered cases zoomed 85% in a single day from 8,650 on Thursday to 16,008 on Friday, thanks to a backlog of recovered patients from recent weeks being updated.
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) health officials stressed that 715 patients were discharged on Friday, while the rest of the 6,643 patients had already recovered over the past few weeks.
10.40 am | West Bengal
Govt., private offices in Bengal to open from June 8
West Bengal Chief Minister on Friday announced relaxations to lockdown and said all government and private offices would open in the State from June 8.
“Public sector and private offices will function with 100% staff from June 8. Schools will remain closed in June,” she said. Religious institutions and places of worship would be opened from June 1. Tea and Jute sectors would operate with 100% staff from June 1.
10.30 am | Tamil Nadu
30 convicts test positive at Puzhal Central Prison
Though prisoners were advised to follow safety norms, places like the dining area were often crowded.
Thirty convicts lodged in the Puzhal Central Prison-I tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, triggering panic among other prisoners and their family members.
With a majority of the patients not showing any symptoms, prison authorities, in consultation with the Health Department and Chennai Corporation officials, decided to quarantine them in a separate block on campus.
Ninety-six COVID-19 positive cases were detected in quarantine centres in Odisha on Saturday pushing the State’s total to 1,819, according to the State Health Department. Active cases now stands at 833.
– Prafulla Das
Assam suffers largest single-day spike with 177 cases, crosses 1000-mark: Officials
With 177 more persons testing positive for coronavirus infection in the steepest single-day spike till date, COVID-19 cases crossed 1,000-mark in Assam on Friday, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The total number of infected cases in the state stood at 1,057 on Friday, he added.
The state breached both the 900 and 1000 marks on Friday, reporting 30 during the day, 25 in the evening, 89 in the night and 33 at midnight, the minister said.
S Korea has another 39 cases linked to warehouse
South Korea on Saturday reported 39 new cases of the coronavirus, most of them in the densely populated Seoul area where officials have linked scores of infections to warehouse workers.
Figures from South Korea’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention brought national totals to 11,441 confirmed cases and 269 deaths
One more COVID-19 death in Jharkhand, total cases 521
One more person died due to COVID-19 in Jharkhand on Friday, taking the death toll due to the disease to five while the number of cases rose to 521 with 45 more people testing positive for coronavirus in the state, a government bulletin said.
U.S. records 1,225 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, says tally
The United States recorded 1,225 coronavirus deaths on Friday, bringing its total to 1,02,798 since the global pandemic began, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.
The country has officially logged 17,45,606 overall cases of the virus, far more than any other nation, the Baltimore-based university’s tracker showed at 0030 GMT on Saturday.
Govt., private offices in Bengal to open from June 8, says Mamata
West Bengal Chief Minister on Friday announced relaxations to lockdown and said all government and private offices would open in the State from June 8. The relaxations come at a time when the number of COVID-19 infections had increased, with north Bengal districts recording a spurt in cases.