India on Friday recorded its biggest spike in COVID-19 cases with 6,088 new cases and 148 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. With this, the total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 1,18,447, as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).
Out of the total cases, 66,330 are active cases and 3,583 have succumbed to the infection.
As many as 48,533 patients have been cured/discharged and one migrated till date.
Earlier, in the previous 24-hour period, the country had recorded a total of 5,609 new cases of coronavirus, which had taken its COVID-19 tally to well beyond 1.12 lakh.
Significantly, it took 110 days for the cases to cross the 1 lakh mark in India, which is comparatively much slower than several countries across the globe. But the worrying sign is that India has been reporting a higher average of cases daily now than it was a few weeks back.
It has been argued that the number of detected cases in India can be on a rise due to increase in testing capacity. Starting from around 4,000-5,000 tests a day, India is now conducting over 1 lakh tests every day. In all, over 27 lakh samples have been tested so far in the country.
Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected state with 41,642 cases, followed by Tamil Nadu (13,967 cases), Gujarat (12,905 cases), and Delhi (11,659 cases).
While Rajasthan has confirmed 6,227 cases of which 3,485 people have recovered while 151 patients are dead, Madhya Pradesh reported 5,981 cases including 2,843 patients recovered and 270 patients dead.
Uttar Pradesh has 5,515 COVID-19 positive cases.
In Kerala, which reported the first COVID-19 case, 690 people have been detected positive for coronavirus.
Ladakh has confirmed 44 coronavirus cases, 1,449 people have infected by the virus in Jammu and Kashmir.