India’s coronavirus case tally surged to 5.82 million after it recorded 86,052 new infections in the last 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed on Friday.
A total of 1,141 people died of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, the Ministry said, taking mortalities to 92,290, which is a relatively low 1.6% of all cases.
Globally, India has the second-highest number of coronavirus cases, behind the United States, where infections crossed 7 million on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia on Tuesday suspended flights to and from India and banned those who have visited the country in the past 14 days from entering the kingdom, said two sources familiar with the matter.
It was not immediately clear how long the suspension would last, which the sources said was due to the outbreak in India.
There will be some exemptions, such as for flights carrying Indian nationals to India and those invited to the kingdom by the government, they said.
India, with a population of about 1.4 billion, has been consistently reporting the world’s highest daily tallies of infections, and has recorded 5,732,518 cases of coronavirus.
There have been 91,149 deaths.
Saudi Arabia has seen 331,857 cases and 4,599 deaths, both the highest in the Gulf Arab region.