India records highest-ever spike at 4,987 cases, tally reaches 90,927

India records highest-ever spike at 4,987 cases, tally reaches 90,927

India records highest-ever spike at 4,987 cases, tally reaches 90,927

The death toll in India due to the outbreak has reached 2,872.

India saw an increase of 4,987 cases in the past 24 hours, the highest till date.

As of 8 am on Saturday, the Union Health Ministry had confirmed 85,940 cases of COVID-19 including 2,752 deaths, 53,035 active cases, and 30,152 recoveries.

As the effects of the lockdown continue to bite, some regions of India have reported protests as residents pushed for a reopening the country to allow them return to their home villages. Gujarat, with 10,989 cases, is again at the No.2 spot in terms of coronavirus infections.

A 65 year old man who was also suffering from pneumonia, and had tested positive for COVID-19, lost his life yesterday, said Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), Greater Noida The total number of fatalities in Gautam Buddha Nagar district is now at 5.

- Tamil Nadu has 10,585 cases.

Maharashtra touched a new peak with 1,606 new cases.

Tripura has reported 167 cases, Assam has 92 cases, Uttarakhand has 88, Himachal Pradesh has 78 cases, Chhattisgarh has 67 and Ladakh has registered 43 cases, so far.

UP recorded 203 new cases.

The number of new asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus fell to 12 from 13, the NHC said. The state attributed the big jump in figures to book-keeping and said only 22 of the 67 deaths occurred in the 24-hour period, while the remaining 45 had occurred between April 14 and May 14.

Chandigarh reported no new cases for the third consecutive day.

Meanwhile, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the media for the second day in a row on Thursday on the Centre's mega economic stimulus package.

The lockdown affecting 1.3 billion people - the world's largest - has been in force since late March and has been devastating for India's poor, with millions of migrant workers losing their jobs.

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