On Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed the 56,000 mark and the death toll reached 1,886. Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, which is the worst-hit state surged to more than 17,900.
As per the data released by the Union health ministry, so far, there are a total of 56,342 COVID-19 cases in the country-- with an increase of 3,392 from Thursday.
Between Wednesday and Thursday, nearly 4,500 new cases have been detected across India, data announced by different states and union territories showed.
While Maharashtra and Gujarat continue to be the states with the highest number of coronavirus cases, Tamil Nadu is inching towards 5,500.
On Thursday morning, the health ministry had said that the Covid-19 death toll in the country has risen to 1,783 while the number of cases has climbed to 52,952, registering an increase of 89 deaths and 3,561 cases since Wednesday.
India has been on a nationwide lockdown since March 25; what started out as a 21-day lockdown has since then been extended twice--first for another 14 days till May 3 and then for further 14 days in the third phase, with considerable relaxations, till May 17.
The highly infectious coronavirus, which emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, has pushed the global economy into a standstill with countries announcing complete or partial lockdowns.
Even as drugmakers rush to find a vaccine, no promising cure has been confirmed as yet. The world continues to be on unchartered territory.