India reported as many as 16,838 fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections in the country to 1,11,73,761 on Friday. Six states- Maharashtra, Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi continue to account for 84.44 per cent of the total cases, the government said on Friday.
Maharashtra continues to be the most affected with 10,216 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours. Punjab reported more than 1,000 cases for the first time since November 15. Delhi recorded 312 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest in nearly 1.5 months.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal chaired a meeting of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority Friday and directed authorities to continue with the existing strategy against Covid-19, including cluster-based surveillance, testing and genome sequencing owing to the rise in the number of cases in the country.