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6088 new COVID cases reported in 24 hrs; biggest one-day spike in India

India sees highest single-day spike with 6,654 new COVID-19 cases; recovery rate at 41.39 percent

Rajasthan has reported 6,227 cases of which 3,485 have recovered and 151 patients are dead.

Ladakh has reported 44 COVID-19 cases, while Andaman and Nicobar Islands have registered 33 infections. If this stays the same, India is expected to overtake Iran in a day or two.

In terms of tests per million of its population, India, (around 2,000 per million), ranks behind Spain (around 65,000), the United States and Germany (both around 38,000) and France (around 21,000).

On a brighter side, 330 more patients were cured, taking the total number of recoveries to 5,897. The number of containment zones also surged from 79 to 92 in a single day.

In the national capital, 591 fresh cases were recorded to take its tally to 12,910.

Of the 137 deaths reported in the country since Friday morning, 63 were in Maharashtra, 29 in Gujarat, 14 each from Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, six from West Bengal, four from Tamil Nadu, two each from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh, and one from Haryana.

Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said few states wanted the resumption of flights to be delayed, but "some hesitation" was expected while dealing with such a situation and the Centre would try to address their concerns. Amid this, several states including Assam, Karnataka, Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir, have now announced a mandatory quarantine for the passengers entering the state through airways.

The central government today said more than 2,600 special trains have run till date and more than 35 lakh migrants have availed the benefits of these trains in order to return home during the coronavirus-induced lockdown.

In a statement, the Union Health Ministry said timely case identification and proper clinical management have helped India keep its mortality rate lower. The government, however, stressed that the mortality rate in India has remained less than half of the global average of 6.65 per cent. "And even in our setup, if you look at these 3000 people who have died, at least 60-70 percent of them are those who are above 60 and having diseases".

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently.

With the new cases, Saturday became the fifth consecutive day when Delhi saw 500 or more cases due to coronavirus. In December, coronavirus had originated in China's Wuhan city.

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