India’s corona count nearing 60,000

India’s total tally of COVID-19 cases surged to 1,18,46,652 with 59,118 new infections, while the recoveries have surged to 1,12,64,637, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Friday.

The death count increased to 1,60,949 with 257 new fatalities, the data updated at 8 am showed.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 35,952 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, its single-highest surge in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic, along with 111 deaths. The country’s financial capital Mumbai too logged 5,504 new infections – crossing 5,000 for the second day in a row – to post a new single-day high.

Maharashtra had logged 31,855 new cases a day before while Mumbai reported 5,185. The rate at which infections in Mumbai are doubling now stands at 75 days – a worrying figure – and it is decreasing rapidly, experts said.