COVID-19: Nearly 2,000 cases recorded across India in 24 hours; death toll 824

COVID-19: Nearly 2,000 cases recorded across India in 24 hours; death toll 824

New Delhi: India recorded 1,990 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours – its biggest single-day spike so far – taking the total to 26, 496, including 824 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said this morning. Forty-nine deaths linked to the highly contagious illness were reported from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours. Nearly 68 percent of the COVID-19 cases have been reported from 27 districts, the government data shows, indicating that the virus is spreading in clusters. These “high load districts” are spread across the states and union territories worst hit by the outbreak – Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, among others. In Maharashtra, which has reported India’s 13.8 per cent of COVID-19 cases, 47.6 per cent cases are from Mumbai. In Gujarat, the state with the second highest number of cases in India, nearly 62 per cent of cases have been reported from Ahmadabad. (NDTV)