India reported 2,710 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of coronavirus cases to 4,31,47,530, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The country also reported 14 more deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of Covid-related fatalities to 5,24,539.
Currently, there are 15,814 active cases in the country, the ministry's data showed.
The active cases comprise 0.04 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.75 per cent, the ministry said.
Here are the Highlights on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
A coronavirus patient died and 113 new cases of the infection were reported in Rajasthan on Friday.
With this, the number of coronavirus deaths and cases in the state so far has increased to 9,556 and 12,85,523 respectively, according to an official report.
Tamil Nadu on Friday logged 55 new COVID-19 infections, pushing the state's cases to 34,55,154 while the total number of casualties remained unchanged at 38,025 till date, the health department said.
The number of people who have recuperated from the viral disease rose to 34,16,728 with 41 more people getting discharged, leaving 401 active infections, a medical bulletin said.
Maharashtra on Friday recorded 536 new coronavirus infections -- the highest one-day rise in cases since March 3 -- but zero pandemic-related fatalities, the health department said.
The tally of active cases crossed the 2,500-mark, it said.
State capital Mumbai alone recorded 352 new coronavirus cases on Friday.
Mumbai reported 352 new cases on Friday, most of them asymptomatic, but no new death due to the respiratory illness was registered in the city, the local civic body said.
With this, the financial capital's overall COVID-19 cases climbed to 10,64,273, but casualties remained unchanged at 19,566, said a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) bulletin.
Notably, Mumbai has reported over 300 COVID-19 cases for the second day in a row.
Odisha's COVID-19 cases rose to 12,88,410 today as nine more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said.
Coronavirus casualties remained unchanged at 9,126, it said.
Resumption of 'Char Dham yatra' after a gap of two Covid-marred years is a welcome development for thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on it, but the death of 78 pilgrims on way to the Himalayan temples in less than a month is causing concern.
Though the death of pilgrims on way to the high altitude shrines in Uttarakhand due to cardiac problems is something which happens every year, the toll is unusually high this season after the yatra commenced on May 3.
The Centre is planning to repurpose the Co-WIN platform for Universal Immunisation Programme and other national health programmes while continuing with its current function of recording Covid vaccination and issuing certificates. The vaccination record under the Universal Immunisation Programme (UIP) is now maintained manually. "Once Co-WIN is repurposed to include the UIP, the entire vaccination system will become digitised, thus easing tracking beneficiaries and facilitating real-time monitoring," Co-WIN chief and CEO of the National Health Authority Dr R S Sharma told PTI. (PTI)
The COVID-19 tally of Andaman and Nicobar Islands rose to 10,043 on Friday as two more people tested positive for the infection, a health bulletin said. The new cases were detected during contact tracing, it said. The archipelago now has four active cases, while 9,910 people have recovered from the disease and 129 patients have succumbed to the infection to date. (PTI)
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Thursday appealed to the people of the state not to lower their guard against COVID-19 in view of the rise in cases, and said they should continue to wear face masks to prevent the spread of infection.