The number of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases across the country touched 21,393 on Thursday morning. So far, 4,258 have been cured and discharged. There have been 681 deaths.
Maharashtra has the highest number of cases (5,652) followed by Gujarat (2,407) and Delhi (2,248). Other states with high number of cases include Rajasthan (1,890), Tamil Nadu (1,629), Madhya Pradesh (1,592) and Uttar Pradesh (1,449).
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has reported that 5,00,542 samples have been tested across the country for COVID-19 till 9 am on Thursday. ICMR has allowed the Maharashtra government to use plasma from persons who have recovered from COVID-19 for transfusion into COVID-19 patients in Mumbai, state health minister Rajesh Tope said. The plasma therapy is being tried as a possible treatment for COVID-19 in some parts of the world.
Sikkim tourism minister BS Panth said that Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, which takes place through Nathu La, will not take place this year because of COVID-19 outbreak.