By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

India’s Ministry of Health saw 9,887 new COVID-19 cases during the past 24 hours, the largest one day spike so far, bringing the country case tally to more than 237,000 cases. About 115,000 people have recovered and more than 6600 deaths have been recorded.

Maharashtra state has recorded the most cases with 80,000, followed by Tamil Nadu (28694), Delhi (26334) and Gujarat (19094).

India’s case total has surpassed Italy to become the 6th highest total.

In Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that there is no shortage of beds for critical COVID-19 patients in the national capital and no one displaying symptoms of the disease would be turned away by any hospital.

This comes after criticism and complaints regarding lack of attention being paid to patients had been amping up on social media for the last few days.

The Delhi government on Thursday finalized a plan according to which five government hospitals, dedicated to Covid-19 treatment in the city, will increase their cumulative bed capacity by 9,000 to 13,870, including 750 beds with ventilator support, in three phases over the next three weeks, officials said.

Currently, these five hospitals together have around 4,500 beds and 300 ventilators to treat those infected with the SARS-CoV 2 virus.

The five government hospitals are Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital (2,170 beds), GTB Hospital (4,500 beds), Lok Nayak Hospital (6,000 beds), Deep Chand Bandhu Hospital (600 beds) and Satyavati Raja Harish Chandra Hospital (600 beds).