MUMBAI, Jun 10 (NDTV and LiveMint)
Mumbai, the country's financial, art and entertainment capital, crossed 51,000 coronavirus cases on Tuesday – around 700 more than China's Wuhan, where the global pandemic first surfaced in December. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Wuhan is 50,333, including 3,869 fatalities. Maharashtra, the country's biggest coronavirus hotspot, meanwhile, stands at 90,000 cases, way ahead of the 84,000-plus cases in China.
The State's s total of 90,787 includes the 42,638 people who have already recovered from the highly infectious disease.
According to figures supplied by the Maharashtra Government, 2,259 people tested positive over the last 24 hours, a quarter of the record 9,987 cases reported across the country.
The number of deaths went up by 120 in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 3,289, which is also the highest among States.
Financial capital Mumbai now has 51,100 cases, 1,760 patients are dead. The silver lining, the experts said, was that the cases were plateauing in Dharavi, Asia's largest slum. The spike in numbers comes days after Maharashtra took another cautious step towards easing the lockdown, allowing all Government offices to function with 15 per cent employees last week. Private offices started functioning from yesterday with 10 per cent staff strength.
Self-employed people like plumbers, electricians, pest-control and technicians have also been allowed to start work, with all the mandatory social distancing and safety norms. But in view of the ground reality, the State is yet to open religious places, shopping malls, hotels and restaurants, which have started functioning in other parts of the country.
Last week, Maharashtra surpassed China's tally of around 84,000 cases as the country crossed the 2.5 lakh mark. India now has more than 2.66 lakh cases -- recording 9,000-plus cases for the seventh consecutive day.
India is the fifth worst-hit Nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK. The country surpassed Spain a few days back.
On the other hand , India's COVID-19 count surged past the grim milestone of 2.75-lakh cases today, according to the data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The States continued to register nearly 10,000 cases even on Tuesday. Maharashtra reported the highest number of fresh infections at 2,259 in last 24 hours. Tamil Nadu saw its biggest jump in COVID-19 count on Tuesday. Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu were the two States to confirm nearly 45% of total coronavirus cases in India. Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh also witnessed huge jump in coronavirus cases on Tuesday.
The number of deaths from coronavirus pandemic zoomed to 7,745. At least 274 people succumbed to death in last 24 hours. Maharashtra registered the highest number of fatalities in India. The death toll in Gujarat topped 1,300 on Tuesday.
The total number of active coroanvirus cases in India increased to 133,632. Nearly 48% of total coronavirus cases — nearly 1.35 lakh people — have recovered from the disease.
Maharashtra became the first State in India to report over 90,000 cases. Mumbai alone accounted for over 50,000 COVID-19 patients. The death toll in the State rose to 3,289.
Delhi was the third State to confirm 30,000 coronavirus cases after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. At least 1,366 people tested positive for the virus in last 24 hours.
Tamil Nadu saw an explosion of fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday. Over 1,600 people tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, bringing tally to 34,914.