Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 2,649; cases climb to 81,970

Delhi:   The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 2,649 and the number of cases climbed to 81,970 on Friday, registering an increase of 100 deaths and 3,967 cases in the last 24 hours since Thursday 8am, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of active cases stood at 51,401 while 27,919 people have recovered. Thus far, around 34.06 per cent patients have recovered,” a senior health ministry official said. The total confirmed cases include foreign nationals too. Of the 100 deaths reported since Thursday morning, 44 were in Maharashtra, 20 in Gujarat, 9 in Delhi, 8 in West Bengal, five each in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, four in Rajasthan, two each in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka and one in Andhra Pradesh. Of the 2,649 fatalities, Maharashtra tops tally with 1,019 deaths, Gujarat comes second with 586 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 237, West Bengal at 215, Rajasthan at 125, Delhi at 115, Uttar Pradesh at 88,Tamil Nadu at 66 and Andhra Pradesh at 48. The death toll reached 35 in Karnataka, 34 Telangana and 32 in Punjab. Goa reported 14 COVID-19 cases while Meghalaya and Puducherry registered 13 cases each. Manipur has three cases. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli reported a case each till how.