Coronavirus: With nearly 8,000 new cases, India’s tally cross 1.73 lakh

With nearly 8,000 fresh cases reported within a span of 24 hours, the COVID tally on Saturday rose to 1,73,763 even as states continued to chalk out the next phase of lockdown from Monday.  The death toll stood at 4,971, according to data provided by the Ministry of Health Affairs.

For the second straight day, the number of daily coronavirus cases in India hit a new high. The states registered 7,964 new cases in last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in India surged to 173,763.

Maharashtra continued to record the highest number of fresh cases in a single day. Several other states including Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Uttarakhand also witnessed a huge spike in daily COVID-19 count.

This is the second consecutive time that more than 7,000 COVID-19 cases have been detected in a 24-hour period and follows seven straight days of more than 6,000 new cases per day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with Home Minister Amit Shah and senior officials on Friday to discuss the way forward as the coronavirus lockdown, extended thrice, ends on Sunday. A decision is likely today on whether to extend the restrictions amid the steady rise in virus cases, given the need to reopen economic activity.

Lockdown 5.0 is likely to prune the list of prohibited activities further and allow states to decide on opening of malls and multiplexes, places of worship, and dine-in restaurants, reports said.

Tamil Nadu continued to see a surge in coronavirus cases. Over 800 people confirmed positive on Friday, taking the total tally to 20,246. Tamil Nadu was the second state to record 20,000 coronavirus cases, after Maharashtra.