India's total Covid-19 cases rose to 85,940, taking it past China, where the pandemic originated previous year, though a strict lockdown enforced since late March has reduced the rate of infection.
The death rate in India has been far better as per the Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, with 2,752 fatalities compared to 4,600 deaths in China.
"As on 8:00am (local time) Friday, 2,649 deaths related to novel coronavirus have been recorded in the country", information released by the ministry read.
According to ministry officials, so far 27,920 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.
India is on the 11th spot among countries reporting the highest number of confirmed cases.
State leaders, businesses and working class Indians have called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reopen the battered economy, but the government is expected to extend the lockdown, which would otherwise expire tomorrow, though with fewer restrictions.
Despite the nationwide lockdown since March 24, India has not seen its COVID19 curve flattening like the West European countries, including Italy or Spain. More on Covid-19Delhi continued to show a surge in Covid-19 infections, with the state government announcing 425 new cases, taking the total tally to 8,895.
Maharashtra has the highest number of cases at 29,100, followed by Tamil Nadu with 10,108 cases and Gujarat with 9,931 cases as on Friday, according to the government data. That's nearly twice as long as the average over the past month, when daily cases have been touching a new high every three days.
The south eastern state had accounted for 20 of the 31 new cases reported across the country yesterday. Chennai has more than half the cases in the state, 5,946 cases as of Friday. 68 new cases were reported in the state on May 14.
The spike comes as lockdown measures were eased in some states.
Though the West is still of the opinion that China deliberately concealed its COVID19 data, there has been no reports of major deaths in other parts of the country.
In Tripura also, 11 people, including seven BSF jawans, tested positive on Saturday. The number of cases in Bihar has risen sharply since the beginning of the month, mainly because of migrants returning to their native places in large numbers by special trains in addition to other modes of transport. A lot of them had come from Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra.