On Friday morning, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Indian neared the 82,000 mark with 3,967 new patients and 100 new deaths in the last 24 hours, Union health ministry data showed.
Out of the total 81,970 cases, 51,401 are active patients and 27,919 have made a full recovery, according to the health ministry's data. The death toll in the country has reached 2,649.
The highly infectious coronavirus that emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December has so far infected more than 4.4 million people and killed over 3,02,418 worldwide, as per data released by the John Hopkins University.
In India, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with the highest number of COVID-19 cases; the state tally has reached 27,000, followed by Tamil Nadu at 9,647, Gujarat 9,591 and Delhi 8,470 cases.
The 14 states and Union territories that have not reported any Covid-19 cases in the past 24 hours till Thursday are Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Arunachal Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Goa, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jharkhand, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Puducherry, and Telangana.
Daman and Diu, Sikkim, Nagaland and Lakshadweep have not reported any COVID-19 case to date.
On Thursday, Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that the number of COVID-19 tests carried out across India had doubled in 12 days.
“Our target was to cross 2 million tests by the end of May, but we have done it two weeks ahead of our goal. With 504 laboratories, including 359 government laboratories and 145 private ones, doing Covid-19 tests, we have also crossed the daily capacity of 100,000 tests,” Harsh Vardhan said.