On Friday, the Union health ministry announced that the total number of coronavirus cases in India had reached 6412, while the death toll climbed to 199. The country recorded 30 COVID-19 related deaths in the last 24 hours alone.
Out of the total, 5709 cases are active, 503 people have been cured, discharged, or migrated. The total cases also include 71 foreign nationals.
According to the Health Ministry data, of the total 199 fatalities, Maharashtra has 97 and continues to be the worst-hit state in the country with 1364 COVID-19 patients. Tamil Nade follows suit with 863 COVID-19 cases and eight deaths. Delhi has reported 720 cases out of which 25 people have been cured and 12 have died to date.
Protocols in combating the deadly virus are being revised. Now, face masks, that were earlier optional and not needed unless you were sick, have been made compulsory in Delhi for anyone stepping out of their house, including while traveling in personal or official vehicles.
"Wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus substantially. Therefore, it has been decided that facial masks will be compulsory for anyone stepping out of their house. Cloth masks shall be eligible too," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Even as the 21-day nationwide lockdown is nearing its end, the number of infections in India continues to rise at an alarming rate.