COVID deaths, 591 new cases in Delhi in a day

6088 new COVID cases reported in 24 hrs; biggest one-day spike in India

India sees highest single-day spike with 6,654 new COVID-19 cases; recovery rate at 41.39 percent

Cases across the world are now at 52,21,172 with 3,38,183 deaths (according to the map by Johns Hopkins) as on May 23.

Globally, 5,304,033 people have been infected by coronavirus so far, and the total number of casualties now stands at 340,003, according to Worldometer.

"In terms of case mortality per 100000 population, India has so far about 0.2 deaths per hundred thousand population vis-a-vis approx". The ministry has issued fresh guidelines for the passengers and flights. 148 patients died of the disease in one day taking the death toll to 3583. Some suggest demographics, varying immune systems and the pile-up of cases in big cities as the cause of the low death rate. Iran, which has around 6,000 more cases than India, has a three-day rolling average of 2,300 new cases.

Meanwhile, the Railways has drawn up a schedule to operate 2,600 Shramik Special trains over the next 10 days across the country to ferry around 36 lakh migrant workers, stranded due to the COVID-19 lockdown, to their home states, Chairman of the Railway Board V K Yadav said on Saturday.

More than 52 lakh people have tested positive worldwide for the novel coronavirus ever since its emergence in China last December, while over 3.38 lakh have lost their lives.

With the new cases, Saturday became the fifth consecutive day when Delhi saw 500 or more cases due to coronavirus. Besides, domestic flights are also scheduled to resume in a phased manner from Monday.

According to government data released by Indian government's top policy think tank - National Institution for Transforming India (NITI) Aayog (commission) member Vinod Paul on Friday, the first and second phase of the lockdown managed to significantly slow down the virus transmission rate in the country and averted between 1.4 million and 2.9 million COVID-19 cases, besides 54,000 related deaths. On Friday, the travelling positives included 66 from Maharashtra, 13 from New Delhi, six from West Bengal, two from Andhra Pradesh, one each from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Telangana.

While Maharashtra has been the worst-hit state, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan are among other badly-affected places.

However, a PTI tally of figures announced by different states and union territories, as of 9.30 PM, showed a higher number of confirmed cases at 1,16,295 and the death toll at 3,494. In fact, this is the highest spike in India's COVID-19 tally so far.

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