Coronavirus Outbreak: In highest spike yet, India's COVID-19 tally registers 1,18,447 cases; 3,583 deaths

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India neared the 1.2 lakh-mark on Friday, while the death toll has crossed the 3,500-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,18,447 cases, which includes 66,330 active cases; 48,553 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 3,583 deaths.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,088 new COVID-19 cases and 148 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. In fact, this is the highest spike in India's COVID-19 tally so far.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 41,642 positive cases of infection and 1,454 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 25,00-mark and the death toll is nearing the 900-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 25,500 cases and 882 deaths.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia's biggest slum -- Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 13,967 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 12,910 cases.

After Tamil Nadu comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 11,659 with 5,567 patients recovered and 194 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 6,227 cases of which 3,485 have recovered and 151 patients are dead.

Madhya Pradesh has reported 5,981 positive cases so far of which 2,844 patients have recovered and 271 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 5,515 people have confirmed COVID-19, of which 3,204 recovered and 138 people succumbed to it.

In Kerala, which reported the country's first COVID-19 case, 691 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak continues to spread like wildfire in India, the central and state governments are respectively amping up all of their efforts to check potential contamination.