The death toll in India due to the outbreak has reached 2,649.
With 3,967 new cases and 100 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 81970, the Union Health Ministry stated on Friday.
Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently, as the state added as many as 1,576 fresh cases to the tally, data released by the health department said.
With 85,940 cases, India has now become the 11th most-affected country from the pandemic around the globe.
Known COVID-19 cases in India stand at 85,500, surpassing China's total tally.
Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India with 1,576 new cases and 49 deaths in the last 24 hours taking the total count of confirmed cases in the state to 29,100 along with 1,068 deaths, according to Union Health Ministry. There are 53,035 active cases while 30,152 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.
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In a major concern, two states, Goa and Manipur, which were declared COVID-19 free, have reported fresh coronavirus positive cases.
Of the 2,649 fatalities, Maharashtra tops tally with 1,019 deaths, Gujarat comes second with 586 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 237, West Bengal at 215, Rajasthan at 125, Delhi at 115, Uttar Pradesh at 88, Tamil Nadu at 66 and Andhra Pradesh at 48. At the same time, 84,031 corona cases have been reported in China so far.
A Congress legislator from Gujarat's Jamalpur Khadia was found positive for the COVID-19 infection on Tuesday. There will be lots of relaxations and flexibility in the lockdown 4.0 with complete reopening of the green zones, very limited curb in orange zones and strict restrictions only in the containment areas of red zones, said an official privy to the deliberations in the central government. China has 4,633 deaths due to COVID-19 but more than 78,000 have been discharged after recovery.
"We are sending a lot of ventilators to India, I spoke to Prime Minister Modi".
New rules for the Lockdown's fourth phase are expected to be announced over the weekend.