Active cases of the virus in India have fallen to 1.7 lakh. Of these, Kerala has 71,469 and Maharashtra 44,199. The two states together account for more than two-thirds of all active cases in India. The third highest count is in Karnataka (around 5,900), followed by UP and Bengal (both around 5,600).
There were 13,100 new cases in the country over the past 24 hours, taking the total caseload to 1,07,47,101 on Saturday night.
The daily case count on Friday was very similar at 13,078. The pandemic continues to rage in Kerala, where 6,282 new cases were detected on Saturday, accounting for 48% of all fresh cases in India. With cases continuing to see a sharp rise, Kerala has commenced a “back to basics” campaign. Maharashtra added 2,630 cases to its tally.
The state reported 42 fatalities during the day, taking the total death toll in the state 51,042. India has so far recorded 1,54,314 deaths from the virus. As in the past few days, new cases did not touch four figures in any other state. Mumbai reported 429 positive cases during the day. Delhi’s count was 183