India records over 1.31 lakh COVID cases; 780 deaths



New Delhi: India registered a record single-day spike of 1,31,968 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, pushing its infection tally to 1,30,60,542, while the death toll increased to 1,67,642 with 780 more fatalities in a day, highest since October 18, the Union Health Ministry data showed.

808 new COVID cases, 4 deaths in J&K

Omar tests positive, NC wishes speedy recovery

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir on Friday recorded 808 new COVID-19 cases, which took the tally to 1,36,470, while four deaths in the past 24 hours pushed the toll to 2,023 in the union territory, officials said.
Out of the fresh cases, 283 were reported from the Jammu division and 525 from the Kashmir division of the union territory, they said.
The officials said that the 808 new cases included 144 travellers. Srinagar district recorded the highest of 299 cases, including 61 travellers, followed by 164 in Jammu and 104 in Baramulla, they said.
The number of active cases is 6,115 in the union territory, while 1,28,332 patients have recovered so far, the officials said.
The COVID-19 death toll in the union territory stands at 2,023, they said. Meanwhile, National Conference leader and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah Friday said he has tested positive for COVID-19. “For a year I did my best to dodge this damn virus but it’s finally caught up with me. I tested positive for #COVID?19 this afternoon. I’m completely asymptotic. Based on medical advice I’m self-isolating at home & monitoring my parameters like oxygen saturation levels etc,” he said in a tweet.
His father Farooq Abdullah had tested positive for coronavirus last week and is currently recuperating from the infection. “I am very grateful to everyone reaching out to me here on Twitter to wish me well. I apologise for not replying individually. For the next few days I’m focusing on beating this virus & will be back here after the battle is won,” Omar Abdullah added in his tweet. National Conference Provincial president Devender Singh Rana and other senior party leaders wished him a speedy recovery. “Our prayers are with our beloved leader and we wish for his fast recovery,” the senior NC leaders said in a joint statement issued from Jammu party headquarters ‘Sher-e-Kashmir Bhavan’. They also expressed satisfaction over Farooq Abdullah getting discharged from the hospital and prayed for his complete recovery from the virus.

Registering a steady increase for the 30th day in a row, the number of active COVID-19 cases increased to 9,79,608, which is 7.5 per cent of the total infections, according to the data updated at 8 am. The recovery rate in the country has further dropped to 91.22 per cent, it added.
The active COVID-19 caseload in the country was recorded at its lowest of 1,35,926 on February 12, comprising 1.25 per cent of the total infections. The number of people who have recuperated from the disease surged to 1,19,13,292, while the case fatality rate has dropped to 1.28 per cent, the data stated.