On Friday morning, India reported a total of 1,993 new cases of the deadly COVID-19-- the highest surge so far-- and 73 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the data released by the Union health ministry.
Out of the total number of cases, 25,007 are active, 8,888 people have been cured or discharged and 1147 patients have died due to the highly infectious virus.
The novel virus, which first originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December has so far infected more than 3,256,846 people globally and over 233,388 have died across the world, according to the COVID-19 dashboard by Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE).
Maharashtra continues to be the state with the highest number of coronavirus cases with 10,498 patients and 459 fatalities, followed by Gujarat with 4,395 cases.
Delhi has the third-highest number of COVID-19 at 3,515 but the number of fatalities has been less at 59 in the national capital.
As per the data from the Union health ministry, there are fewer women fatalities than men in India-- meaning, fewer women are dying of the coronavirus disease as compared to men.
In terms of fatality rate, India is much better off with 3.2% of the total infected people dying. Globally, the current coronavirus death rate is at 7.28%, with Italy having the highest at 13.60%.
The virus has brought the world into a standstill with many countries announcing complete or partial lockdowns. Even as India is nearing the end of the lockdown period, which is scheduled to end on May 3, new cases are coming up.