India’s coronavirus tally surged to 10.38 lakh cases this morning after 34,884 new patients were registered in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said. In the last 24 hours, 671 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness were reported, taking the COVID-19 death count to 26,273. The recovery rate stood at 62.93 percent this morning. India is the third worst-hit country by the pandemic after the United States and Brazil. Maharashtra on Friday logged 8,308 new COVID-19 cases, with 1,214 cases from Mumbai alone. But in a continuing worrying trend, 3,884 of the total cases came from the Thane Division, a major part of which forms the Mumbai Metropolitan Region.
Mumbai’s satellite cities-Thane and Kalyan-Dombivali-now seem to emerge as the new coronavirus hotspots in the state with the entire Thane district (city and rural) reporting 631 cases while Kalyan-Dombivali Municipal Corporation reporting 461 new cases. Community transmission of coronavirus is taking place in a few coastal areas of Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Friday as he announced lockdown in the affected regions. He, however, said the state government is equipped to handle the rapid growth of COVID-19 cases and there is no need for a comprehensive shutdown.