The total number of Covid-19 cases in India reached 81,970 and the number of deaths rose to 2,649 on Friday, the official data issued by the Federal Health Ministry said. The growth rate of confirmed cases has averaged at around 5 per cent over the past week.
All the states in India were yet to report their final numbers for the day.
In terms of recoveries, while more than 79,273 people have recovered in China at a recovery rate of 94.3 per cent, India has recorded a recovery rate of 35 per cent with over 30,000 patients discharged so far - one of the highest among most-affected countries. Among the total, a third of the infections are from Maharashtra, especially Mumbai being the worst-hit city, followed by states like Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Delhi.
Despite the nationwide lockdown since March 24, India has not seen its COVID19 curve flattening like the West European countries, including Italy or Spain.
India recorded an increase of 3,967 cases between May 14 and May 15, per government data.
Andhra Pradesh reported 102 new cases on Friday, taking its tally to 2,307 cases, including 48 deaths. "We have utilised this period of lockdown to accelerate public health measures such as case detection, contact tracing, isolation and management of cases", Mr Vardhan said.
- Maharashtra has a total of 27,524 cases, with 6,059 recoveries and 1,019 deaths.
India however has less than 10% population of above 60 years, the risk factor remains high for this population. The survey was conducted on over 500 elders.
Meanwhile amid rising cases of COVID-19 and as countries in WHO South-East Asia Region ease lockdowns in a graded manner, World Health Organisation (South East Asia region) on Friday said careful assessment of local epidemiology should guide future actions to combat the virus.
"With Coronavirus fear, elderly are getting depressed due to lack of assured medical and financial support, social interaction and lack of independence".