591 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Delhi, tally reaches 12,910

6088 new COVID cases reported in 24 hrs; biggest one-day spike in India

Cases across the world are now at 52,21,172 with 3,38,183 deaths (according to the map by Johns Hopkins) as on May 23.

As V K Paul, chairman of Empowered Group One and Niti Aayog member, said in a New Delhi briefing on Friday, around 80 per cent of the active cases reported till Thursday were in just five states - Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh - and over 90 per cent are in ten. On May 22, 694 new cases were reported.

"In terms of case mortality per 100000 population, India has so far about 0.2 deaths per hundred thousand population vis-a-vis approx".

States have also reported positive cases among people who have returned from overseas in special flights being operated to bring back stranded Indians and expatriates from various countries.

On Wednesday federal civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri announced domestic passenger flights will resume from May 25 in a "calibrated manner". He also said a good percentage of global passenger flights should resume before August.

As many as 591 new COVID-19 cases and no deaths have been reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 12,910, including 6,412 active cases, said the Delhi Health Department.

As testing increases and due to the influx of people from across India and countries, some states are recording spikes in cases and number of deaths. More than 20 lakh people have recovered globally so far.

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China on Saturday reported zero new coronavirus infections for the first time since it started reporting data in January.

A nationwide lockdown has been in place in India since March 25 and will continue at least till May 31, though several relaxations have been given in the ongoing fourth phase that began earlier this week on May 18.

India on Saturday recorded the highest ever spike in COVID-19 with 6,654 new cases.

Of the total toll of 3,720, Maharashtra accounts for 1,517 deaths, followed by Gujarat at 802, Madhya Pradesh at 272, West Bengal at 265 and Delhi at 208.

As these moving workers reach home, the urban profile of the pandemic in India, is likely to change.

The total of 1,25,101 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic includes foreigners.

According to Johns Hopkins University, the country's three-day rolling average of 6,133 new cases is one of the highest in the world.

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