India overtook the UK to become the fourth worst coronavirus-hit country with total cases reaching 2,97,535 after a record jump of 10,956 cases in last 24 hours. The UK has reported 2,91,409 cases till date. India's coronavirus death toll has surged to 8,498 after 396 deaths were reported in last 24 hours. Meanwhile, the number of active cases is 1,41,842.
NITI Aayog member Dr VK Paul on Thursday said India is doing "pretty well" in its fight against COVID-19 and will win this war. Dr Paul added that although India adopted the same principles as China, its experience was different as coronavirus came through travel and affected multiple points. The world's experience of COVID-19 was different from China's, he stated.
Amid a surge in coronavirus cases in Delhi, Health Minister Satyendar Jain has stated that the lockdown will not be extended in the national capital. Earlier, Jain had stated that the government will try every means to get additional doctors and health staff. Delhi witnessed its highest single-day spike of 1,877 COVID-19 cases on Thursday.
Madhya Pradesh Health and Family Welfare Minister Narottam Mishra said that markets in Bhopal will remain open only for five days and will remain closed on Saturdays and Sundays, amid COVID-19 pandemic. Mishra added that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan had directed the officials to focus on Bhopal, as the COVID-19 pandemic situation in other parts was under control.
The Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office on Friday announced that the lockdown has not been reimposed in the state. It tweeted, "CM Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray has appealed to the people to refrain from crowding. He has earnestly requested them to follow the Govt's instructions and take necessary precautions to stay safe and take care."