United News of India
New Delhi, May 20: India recorded biggest single-day jump in Coronavirus infections on Wednesday with 5,611 fresh cases, taking the count to 1,06,750, as the pandemic outbreak widened post influx of repatriates, migrants’ exodus and further easing of restrictions in lockdown 4.0.
The rise in number of infections is also due to enhanced testing, touching one lakh per day.
Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi and Madhya Pradesh continued to be the major contributors to the infection tally.
The recovery rate has improved to 39.62 per cent as 42,297 people recovered from the contagion, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said in daily briefing.
Indian Council of Medical Research chief epidemiologist Dr RR Gangakhedkar said the country has so far conducted 25,36,156 tests in 555 active labs.
Comparing infection in population terms, Dr Gangakhedkar said, ‘Globally, 62 people per lakh have been affected with Covid-19. Whereas in India, its only 7.9 people per lakh population.”
Meanwhile, the overall number of fatalities due to the virus reached 3,303 after 140 more people lost their battle to the pandemic in the last 24 hours. With 2,347 fresh patients, cases under active medical supervision stand at 61,149, as per the government data.