India records highest-ever spike at 4,987 cases, tally reaches 90,927


A health official checks the body temperature of passengers as they arrive to board a special train to New Delhi

Almost 68 per cent of the total COVID-19 cases have been recorded from 18 cities in the country.

India has overtaken China in the number of coronavirus infections and now has the most cases in Asia.

Other major states and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,377), Andhra Pradesh (2,205), Punjab (1,935) and Telangana (1414).

The total confirmed cases include foreign nationals too who were tested in India.

India's total novel corornavirus cases rose to 85,940 on Saturday, taking it past China, where the pandemic originated previous year, though a strict lockdown enforced since late March has reduced the rate of contagion.

In total, the country has registered more than 91,000 infections and over 2,800 deaths, according to the US -based Johns Hopkins University.

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India on Sunday extended its COVID-19 lockdown until the end of May as it reported its biggest daily increase in new infections, but said some sectors would be allowed to resume operations as its economy takes a hammering. "Active cases are growing at 3.8% (daily) - and this needs to fall to 0% and decline subsequently for the country to recover overall", Shamika Ravi, a Brookings expert and former member of the Indian Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council, said. The state saw 1,606 new cases on May 16. The death toll, meanwhile, climbed to 2,649.

That was two days after the country relaxed many of its lockdown rules, including reopening restaurants.

The 30 municipal areas across 12 states that have reported 80% of all cases in India will reportedly see maximum restrictions during "lockdown 4.0".

- Kerala has a total of 588 cases, with 497 recoveries and 4 deaths. One person died in Jaipur, which was the 64th death in the city and 126th of the state.

Manipur has seven cases.

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