India reported 8,329 Covid-19 cases in a span of 24 hours, which is the highest surge in daily cases in over three months. According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the country has witnessed an increase of 4,103 cases since yesterday, taking the active caseload to 40,370.
The country also logged 10 new fatalities on Saturday, taking the death toll to 5,24,747. The Health Ministry stated that the daily positivity rate in the country was recorded at 2.26 percent on Friday, while the weekly positivity rate was observed at 1.50 percent.
Kerala and Maharashtra top the chart of the highest Covid-19 cases in India.
Maharashtra recorded 3,081 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the highest in nearly four months. Meanwhile, Mumbai itself reported 1,956 new Covid-19 infections. In the first ten days of June, Mumbai reported nearly twice as many cases as it had in the entire month of May.
Delhi reported 655 new Covid-19 cases and two deaths on Friday. According to the Health Ministry, the positivity rate in the capital stood at 3.11 percent. The number of daily cases has surpassed 600 for the second day in a row, with a positive rate of over 3 percent reported.
Kerala saw a dramatic increase in Covid cases on Friday, with the total number of cases reaching 2,813 in just 24 hours. They accounted for 66 percent of new infections in the country, along with Maharashtra.
Amid the rise in Covid-19 cases, the Karnataka government has made it mandatory for the public to wear masks with immediate effect. The state health minister issued a mandatory order of wearing masks in all public places, buses, private vehicles travelers, malls, hotels, restaurants, pubs, offices, and educational institutions.